Back in the Saddle, Again, on a Cold Day

“If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read: ‘President Can’t Swim.'” – Lyndon Johnson

One of the casualties of having a young baby is spare time. Actually, one of the casualties of having four kids is spare time, but I’m going to pin most of the blame on the baby (poor guy). Anyway, I rolled over this morning and put my foot down, again, and demanded of myself that I actually write a blog. So, here we are.

It seems as though the easiest target here on this flippantly cold morning in Columbia, MD is Al Gore and the global warmists. Now, it’s not at all fair to say “it’s a cold day, so there can’t be any global warming” – which is not my contention. But what is fair is to hold people accountable for alarmist predictions (or even non-alarmist predictions) that fail miserably.

I remember when President Obama declared back in 2009 that the “stimulus package” would hold unemployment under 8.3% (and when I say “stimulus package” I mean “massive tax-payer give away to the wealthy in the hopes that some of it will find its way to the rest of America from a party that derided Reagan for ‘trickle down’ economics”). The prediction was abysmal, and unemployment shot up to 10%. The point being that you should never let folks get you on camera making predictions, because they might actually dredge up the film when your prediction is wrong. (Not that it really hurt Obama at all.)

The same can be said for poor Al Gore, who predicted in December of 2008 that the entire polar ice cap would be gone in 5 years (December 2013). As the linked article notes, there were 7.3 million square miles of arctic ice in 2008 … and there are 7.3 million square miles of arctic ice today. No word yet from Al Gore on a revised date for doomsday.

In other news, the Russian ship Akademik has broken free from the Antarctic ice which had it trapped (as has that Chinese rescue ship set to help). For those who are unaware, the Akademik was on a mission to prove that global warming was melting the East Antarctic ice sheet – and became trapped because the ice sheet is far thicker than normal. You just can’t make this stuff up. Oh well, it’s good that they’ve broken free.

Religion is a funny thing (and this is coming from a very religious person). When all of the evidence flies in the face of our belief system, it really is OK to address doubts, address fundamentals of our beliefs and whether we really do believe them. When Thomas the Doubter declared that he would not believe Jesus was risen unless he saw the nail marks in his hand, the Lord obliged his doubts (see John 20:24-29). He didn’t lambaste Thomas for a lack of faith, didn’t cast him out because he was unsure (but wanted to be sure). No, the Lord simply addressed the doubts with love and compassion and moved on.

Sadly this doesn’t always happen in Christian circles, and it certainly doesn’t always happen (ever happen?) in global warmist circles. To express doubt over the claims of anthropomorphic global warming is to call into question the fundamentals of the new religion, and is surely grounds for excommunication. So, while a ship of ice-bound warmists must be scratching their heads, I bet that none of them will express doubts in the global warming thesis. (Actually, they’re not on the ship anymore – most had been air-lifted to safety.)

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2 Responses to Back in the Saddle, Again, on a Cold Day

  1. I’m a little late to the party, just now reading the last few posts. I get the impression from this post, which I suppose is not surprising, that you disagree with what you call “the global warmists.” Can you clarify your position on this? That is, do you believe that (1) the Earth is not currently undergoing measurable change in global climate, or (2) humans are not a primary contributor to that change, or both?

    • nomasir says:

      I know – holidays, right. Before delving into (1) and (2) let me note that I am NOT a climatologist. As such, my views are that of an uninvolved outside observer with a cynical mind.

      I would gladly label myself as NOT (1), unless I read perhaps too much into “currently”. Is the earth “currently” undergoing measurable climate change? Well, it was, but it seems to have stalled recently. But in general, I’m not opposed to the notion of climate change (we have sensors, do we not?).

      But (2) – yes, I think I’m solidly in that camp. Of course, when I say “humans are not primarily responsible” I don’t at all mean “I have done the research and I can state with confidence that humans are not the primary driver of climate change.” What I mean instead is “the people who claim humans are the primary driver of climate change are (i) alarmist and hysterical in their predictions, (ii) typically wrong when those prediction time frames come to fruition, and (iii) adamant that the only way forward is over-arching statist control of free men in order to prevent disaster … that never comes.” This makes them easy targets, like Al Gore who predicted all polar ice caps would be gone by now – and yet they are not.

      I’m dubious of the “research” that says we’re done for unless we all drive hybrids and use mercury-filled lightbulbs. When billions of government-funded research is aimed at getting to the result of “we need more government control” … well, it seems like it’s not exactly research anymore.

      I will note that the author of the “ship of fools” states clearly that he believes in anthropomorphic climate change – but that the evidence contradicts the dire predictions of the models, meaning that at the very least the models need to be modified.

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