One of the comments in a post on global warming pointed us to what may well be the quintessential example of reality denial. It was in fact so good that I thought it was worth its own top level post. Lets have a look shall we?
Writing as a “contributor” of some kind at Forbes, one Larry Bell decides to take John Kerry to task for supporting science.
Let’s Be Very Clear Mr. Kerry: No Scientific Evidence Of ‘Dangerous’ Human Climate Influence Exists
That is a pretty strong headline statement. Maybe the editor who wrote the headline didn’t understand the subtle arguments being made and over sold the case? Or is there a weasel word helping deflect criticism in there? Is Mr. Bell trying to tell us there is no warming at all, or is he saying there is, but not caused by people, or even that there is warming, and it is caused by humans, but hey, it isn’t dangerous, so why worry?
Maybe he can make himself clear in the actual article.
Facts, as they say, are facts. On the other hand, untrue representations presented as facts are either uninformed, intentionally disingenuous, or a combination of the two. Secretary of State Kerry’s statements attacking those who challenge the existence of a human-caused climate crisis likely fall into the third category.
So if you challenge the people who are ignoring the basic science of climate change, then you, like Mr. Kerry, must be a combination of uninformed and intentionally disingenuous! Again, that is a pretty strong claim. The secretary is lying to you. Evidence?
Speaking at a February 16 press conference in a U.S. Embassy-run American Center held at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia Kerry described climate change as the world’s “most fearsome weapon of mass destruction”. He also referred to those who don’t subscribe to that hell-in-a-hand basket global warming apocalypse as “Flat-Earthers”.
It is possible that the reason he said such a thing, is because the pentagon has a number of pretty serious concerns about climate change. And the GOP has ordered them to stop paying attention to it. If a single foreign force where simultaneously threatening most of our bases, our food supply, our water supply, our energy supply, and causing cultural and economic stresses that made war more likely in almost every country, and created a refugee crisis, would you be worried? And if a single political party unilaterally announced that they ordered the pentagon to ignore that force, would we put the traitors on trial, or just execute them where they stand?
How dare Mr. Kerry suggest we actually take a threat seriously.
Kerry told the audience: “We should not allow a tiny minority of shoddy scientists and science and extreme ideologues to compete with scientific facts. The science is unequivocal, and those who refuse to believe it are simply burying their heads in the sand. We don’t have time for a meeting anywhere of the Flat Earth Society.”
File that under “no shit” and move on. But this offends Mr. Bell…
First of all, let’s briefly review just a few real facts:
There has been no statistical global warming for the past 17 years…most of today’s high school students haven’t witnessed it in their lifetimes.
There are just a few problems with this statement. First of all, it is phrased to leave you with the impression that temps are nice and normal and fine. But they are not. Even if there had been no warming for 17 years, the simple fact is that we have been above average for 19 years now. Those high school students Bell tells us have never seen warming? Every month of their lives has been lived in above 19th century average temps. Every single month. Imagine that your landlord told you that you would have a certain price, X, for your rental each month. Now imagine he charges you X+ some positive number Y every month for 20 years. Now imagine he tells you the price hasn’t gone up. Is he full of shit?
But that is just for starters. We know about a large number of influencing factors that should be causing cooling. Yet despite this, the temperatures are going up. The “17 years of no warming” aside, May and June of this year where the hottest May and June on record. Ever. And July of 2012 was the second hottest month globally on record for any month in 117 years of records according to NOAA. Those dates are within the last 17 years, in case Mr. Bell is unable to count.
Even that is unimportant compared to the very simple fact that even those numbers are based on atmospheric temps only. The world however is not comprised of only air. Oceans are currently taking up heat far far faster that the air, accounting for over 90% of the heat caused by warming. The oceans are far far warmer than they have been in the past.
But, being either either uninformed, or intentionally disingenuous, Mr Bell continues.
There is absolutely no credible scientific consensus that human activities, including fossil burning, are having a dangerous (or even measurable) influence on climate change…either for warming or cooling.
Does Bell know what consensus means?
When 97% of climate science papers say specifically that human activities are causing warming, and you say otherwise, are you uninformed? Or are you intentionally disingenuous Mr. Bell?
The climate crisis dogma-premised “sustainable energy” fetish has caused disastrous government policies in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in Europe where failures have produced economic distress.
Climate changes without any help from us…has for millions of years…and as we can expect, always will…with Ice Ages occurring during about 90 percent of the time.
It is certainly true that the climate has changed in the past, and without help from us. The difference is that we can explain most of changes, know why the happened, and despite Bells distain for models, we can model them very accurately. Using the exact same methods, we know that the change we are experiencing today is driven primarily, almost exclusively by humans.
Not only is this a different cause, but at a significantly different speed. Current warming is far faster than most of the geologic changes on record. And many of those happened fast enough to destroy numerous species.
The difference is that we are supposed to be smarter than those species. The evidence of Mr. Bell and his ilk to the contrary.