October 24, 2011
CONSENSUS WATCH – 10/24/2011
An ongoing series dedicated to vigorously monitoring emerging threats to The Consensus that global warming is real, caused by humans, and must be addressed at all costs. Because without consensus, scientific conclusions would remain vulnerable to new data.
Everything you thought you knew about global warming is about to change. Scientists at the Berkeley Earth Project conducted a study of available temperature data and came to a shocking conclusion:
We’re sorry we had to be the ones to tell you, but we didn’t want you to have to hear it on the street. But it appears there is some evidence that the earth’s climate has warmed slightly over the past 150 years.
As is custom with Consensus-supporting studies, the results of the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature papers have not yet been peer reviewed or published in a respected journal, but rather were released in the far more legitimate venue of a newspaper Op-Ed piece.
While you could point out that many of even the most vocal Consensus skeptics agree the earth has warmed at least slightly, and that the lead scientist on the study specifically said in his Op-Ed, “How much of the warming is due to humans and what will be the likely effects? We made no independent assessment of that,” or that the Berkeley study itself concedes that the “human component of global warming may be somewhat overestimated,” none of that is important. What is important is you can generate headlines like these:
The skeptics are clearly on the run now. The evidence is all around you.
For example, a new computer model run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that global warming might result in a drop in water levels in the Great Lakes. Or possibly a rise.
Do you want to be the one to have to explain to your children why they have to live in a world where the Great Lakes themselves are slightly lower or maybe higher than they are now?
Well, do you?
Likewise, a new study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research came to the disturbing conclusion that sea ice is “as likely to expand as it is to contract for periods of up to about a decade.”
Is driving an SUV, using a microwave, and being able to afford heat in the winter really worth that?
And the evidence mounts: The U.S. Geological Survey released a study today finding that:
“In none of the four regions defined in this study is there strong statistical evidence for flood magnitudes increasing with increasing GMCO2 (carbon dioxide concentrations).”
Yes, you read that right. And it gets worse:
“One region, the southwest, showed a statistically significant negative relationship between GMCO2 and flood magnitudes.”
Just because you stubbornly refuse to pay $21 billion to hire an additional 230,000 EPA bureaucrats to monitor your energy use, some innocent little girl in the Southwest somewhere at this very moment is probably living in a house not devastated by a flood.
But thanks to the scientists at Berkeley Earth Project, you have your proof.
So the next time someone starts questioning The Consensus, you look them straight in the eye and say, “Here’s your consensus, buddy: Temperatures appear to have risen slightly, humans may or may not have played a role, and if humans have played a role it might not actually matter much.”
And then see how long it takes them to realize they were wrong and finally start making some changes for a better world.
It’s not easy being green.
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