- - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Modern climate alarmism was launched with the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report featuring the now-infamous “hockey stick” graph. This showed that global temperature was flat for 1,000 years and then soared skyward from about the year 1900 on. Unfortunately, there is no way to say this politely: The graph was based on lies.

First, the Medieval Warm Period was erased from the record. Second, the IPCC used selected tree-ring temperature proxies that were known to be misleading and not representative. Then the group stretched the vertical axis to create a more alarming picture. “The hockey stick” established the idea that it is OK to lie in support of a great cause.

It was followed by Al Gore’s 2006 film “An Inconvenient Truth,” which claimed that carbon dioxide triggered and drove global temperatures. Yet the ice-core graphs Gore presented showed that temperature changes always preceded the changes in carbon dioxide.

A constant climate lie holds that sea levels are rising fast and will soon drown a city near you, so we need money from rich countries. But land and sea levels are always changing, totally oblivious to trace gases in the atmosphere. There are marine fossils in the Himalayas and the Andes, and ancient cities now lie beneath the oceans.

Then there is the recurring lie that ocean “acidification” will kill the Great Barrier Reef. Corals have survived for many millions of years, despite many changes in the climate and the atmosphere. The vast oceans are not controlled by the puny atmosphere and if they do warm for whatever reason (including natural changes in solar intensity, volcanic activity, Enso/El Nino events and ocean currents) they expel carbon dioxide or deposit it in vast beds of carbonates on the sea floor. Ocean chemistry is controlled by river inflows, melting and growth of ice sheets, oceanic sedimentation, marine plant growth, submarine volcanism and changes in ocean currents, not the atmosphere.

The “settled science” claim ignores the fact that over 31,000 scientists have signed a petition disputing climate claims. Moreover, the shoddy science, data manipulation, concealment of worksheets and distortions of truth are exposed on a daily basis by competent scientists and dozens of skeptical bloggers, many with relevant qualifications and experience.

The climate industry flourishes on government funds and is dominated by vested interests and their media trumpets. Climate science is so infected by lies created and spread by promoters and one-world government extremists that honest inquiry and research rarely gets public airing.

VIV FORBES

Queensland, Australia

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