While leaders meet in the Vatican for a climate conference, talk of record high global temperatures will fuel hysteria. But there’s truly nothing to see here.
Voices of the unreasonable screeched Tuesday across St. Peter’s Square.
California Gov. Jerry Brown was the most colorful. He took the opportunity to call anyone who doesn’t believe in man-made global warming as he does a “denier,” which is also the pejorative used to describe those who say the Holocaust never happened. He also called those who don’t conform to his way of thinking “troglodytes.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio joined the choir, suggesting that anyone who held a different view than his is insane, while the mayor of Kochi, India, said climate change is to blame for modern-day slavery.
As the faithful held their revival, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a report that said that the global temperature for the first half of the year hit a record high.
Apparently, NOAA is sure that land and sea surface temperatures through the end of June soared an entire 1.53 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average. That’s the highest since record-keeping began in 1880, surpassing the previous high set in 2010, a year to remember.
Time to panic? No. Chip Knappenberger at the Cato Institute says the NOAA temperatures remain produced by the global warming models.
In contrast to the NOAA report is the work of Roy Spencer at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He publishes a monthly global temperature report and his most recent — for June 2015 — shows that the global climate trend since Nov. 16, 1978, is a mere increase of 0.11 degrees Celsius per decade.
Now, back to that year to remember.
John Christy, Spencer’s colleague at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, posted on July 1 that “with the tropical atmosphere responding to the El Nino Pacific Ocean warming event during the past few months, temperatures in the tropics rose to their second warmest anomaly for any month since the El Nino of 2010.”
And what was the Los Angeles Times’ top headline on its front page Tuesday, the day after NOAA published its findings for the first half of 2015?
“Hola, El Nino.”
Just a coincidence? Spencer noted earlier in July a “strong warming in the tropics over the last two months, consistent with the strengthening El Nino in the Pacific.”
Further undermining the NOAA record is scientist and statistician William M. Briggs, who tells us “these are not temperatures, but temperature reconstructions.” Satellite data, which Spencer uses, “is to be preferred.”
We could also bring up the relative irrelevance of the temperature “record” when none of the disasters predicted by those who have promoted the concept of man-made warming has occurred.
We might wonder out loud, as well, if maybe some other variable out of the many in our climate is behind the NOAA increase, if it were indeed accurate.
Quite clearly climate changes throughout Earth’s history have been brought about by natural causes. If the temperature is rising, there’s no reason to believe it’s not natural.
Well, there is for those gathered at the Vatican. They need a man-made disaster to give them the cover they need to enact their man-subjugating policies.