Mark Steyn has a guest piece on Climate Change Dispatch about the ineptocrats in our government spending time and energy focusing on an issue that continues to be disproven statistically. Why is John Kerry talking about climate change when ISIS continues to gobble up the Middle East unabated? Why is the Secretary of Defense even talking about
global warming climate change global cooling? Don’t we still have troops actively involved in conflicts overseas? Shouldn’t winning those be his first priority? Shouldn’t they leave the fear-mongering on “climate change” to some other government functionary, like our useless president?
Judith Curry had an excellent piece in The Wall Street Journal the other day called “The Global Warming Statistical Meltdown (subscription required)”:
A growing body of evidence suggests that the climate is less sensitive to increases in carbon-dioxide emissions than policy makers generally assume—and that the need for reductions in such emissions is less urgent.
Just so. With every month, the alarmist thesis seems more obviously insufficient, and the recent, very belated explanation for the 18-year-old warming “pause” – that the heat is merely hiding Godzilla-like in the ocean depths, biding its time – isn’t holding up too well either.
The science may be increasingly unsettled, but the politics permits no doubts. Last week, John Kerry gave a speech on “climate change” at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and dismissed the skeptics:
What happens if they’re wrong? If they’re wrong – catastrophe. Life as you know it on Earth ends.
John Kerry is America’s Secretary of State. That’s to say, he presides over a department whose abandoned diplomatic compound in Tripoli is currently a playground for Libyan jihadists, whose consular officials facilitated the entry into the United States of an Ebola-bearing Liberian, whose continued occupation of the most expensive embassy in the history of the planet is dependent on ISIS stopping its annexation of Iraq at the gates of the Green Zone …but John Kerry is focused like a laser on climate change.
So too is Chuck Hagel:
Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change released Monday…
In remarks released alongside the 20-page report, Hagel said the Pentagon is nearly done with a survey that will assess the vulnerability of its military installations to climate change. He cited the Hampton Roads region of Virginia as an example of an area that has both military bases and recurrent flooding, adding that defense officials are developing plans to address a projected sea-level rise of about 1.5 feet in the next 20 to 50 years.
Chuck Hagel is America’s Secretary of Defense. That’s to say, he presides over a department whose desultory air strikes can’t prevent ISIS taking Kobani and slaughtering thousands …but he’s focused like a laser on “developing plans” to address sea-level rise in the Hampton Roads area circa 2050.