The climate alarmists, especially James Hansen, the well-funded government hack, are all atwitter about how hot the summer has been.
Remember when the Climate Reality Project (CRaP) tried to scare us all into thinking that Olympic records wouldn’t be set because of climate change – yup, really – or that we were all going to roast in the drought of 2012?
Now Hansen has come out with another silly prognostication, which is to say that drought in Texas, heat waves in Russia and Europe and on and on are undeniably the result of climate change, by which he means the horrible activities of Americans pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Droughts and heat waves and floods, oh my!
“This is not a climate model or a prediction but actual observations of weather events and temperatures that have happened,” Hansen wrote in a Washington Post opinion piece announcing his study. “Our analysis shows that it is no longer enough to say that global warming will increase the likelihood of extreme weather and to repeat the caveat that no individual weather event can be directly linked to climate change. To the contrary, our analysis shows that, for the extreme hot weather of the recent past, there is virtually no explanation other than climate change.”
Oh, well then. Surely then he must have accounted for everything, right?
But if bad weather is caused by climate change which is caused by carbon dioxide emissions – and that is the contention – then how to explain a spate of “extreme” weather in the face of falling emissions of carbon dioxide?
Yes, that’s the case. It seems that the amounts of evil CO2 released by decadent Americans into the atmosphere dropped to the lowest level in 20 years this year. And it’s all because of natural gas replacing coal, but that’s another story.
The Associated Press memorably put it this way: “Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming, in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action…”
Well, there’s no surprise there – government action is what the climate alarmists want, and it’s not for the good of the climate. It’s about power and control.
In any case, we’re awaiting Hansen’s response. Will he say “Ooops?”
Or better yet, wouldn’t honesty and integrity dictate that Hansen now hypothesize say that maybe we aren’t putting enough carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, as evidenced by the harsh weather of late in the face of falling CO2 levels?
Hell, maybe he’ll soon be urging us to burn more coal and drill for more natural gas.
But we suspect it will be a cold day in you-know-where before that happens.