Has the Global Warming Train Left the Station?
I read with interest Casey Jones’ entry at the Parking Matters Blog a couple of days ago. Basically he is beating the global warming drum and touting the IPI’s support for all things sustainable. Fair Enough.
However I think I must have missed something. Supporters, companies, countries and the like are falling off the Global Warming/Climate Change bandwagon right and left. The last two UN meetings have been complete busts, by any measure. Scientist after Scientist are finding fact after fact that debunk the so called ‘settled science.’ While many organizations that base their existence on Global Warming alarmists and still stirring the pot, their voices are becoming less and less strident.
We find almost daily that ‘facts’ that proved “Global Warming/Climate change” aren’t. Polar Bears are thriving, Glaciers aren’t receding, temperatures and bumping around in ways not predicted three or five years ago, what appears sustainable (ethanol) really isn’t, the carbon footprint of this or that “green” item is really worse than its predecessor.
Even President Obama, not known for his skeptical views, failed to even mention Climate Change in his 2012 Earth Day proclamation, even though last year it was the primary theme of his speech. Last month 49 retired NASA scientists wrote to the director “admonishing the agency for it’s role in advocating a high degree of certainty that man-made CO2 is a major cause of climate change while neglecting empirical evidence that calls the theory into question.” Read all about it here.
And then there’s this article, in the London Daily Mail which quotes UK Meteorologists and NASA on ….well read it yourself — but it does have the Thames freezing over.
All the information I listed above was in journals, newspapers, and reports over the last three months. This isn’t new, it’s now finding its way into the mainstream media. To say that the ‘science is settled’ seems to me to be a tad overstated.
I like Todd Meyers, keynote speaker at PIE’s, approach — Strive for good stewardship. Spend money on sustainability when it makes a difference. Expensive solar panels and wind farms make little economic sense, but that same money could be spent on better design, research, and ways to move us from one energy system to another without bankrupting society. Remember, it will be the least among us who will suffer when economic times worsen.
Moving headlong into one program or another without question is usually fraught with disaster. Unintended consequences tend to pop up everywhere. We might do better to check the schedule and see just which one has left the station. We might be in the wrong car.