Saturday, July 4, 2015

Weather is/is not Climate [updated]

Think Progress is an agressively left wing site, run by the Center for American Progress and is funded by a crowd of left-wing Americans, with some foreign donations.

[Update is below]

As such, it can be expected to advocate for catastrophic, anthropogenic global warming, now known as "climate change."

Amusingly, they have recently had "postings" (I hesitate to use the word "article" as it implies some thought, research, and integrity) on global warming and weather events. And they argue on both sides of the global warming is/is not weather issue.

"Posting" #1: Yes, It’s Cold. Global Warming Is Still Real.

The first article is from January of this year.
All that’s to say it’s cold — “dangerously cold,” in fact — in many parts of America. But (and I can’t believe I still have to say this) none of that means anything about the existence of global warming. As you may remember, global warming means that the globe — i.e., the whole planet, not just where you live — is steadily increasing in temperature, on average. The fact that it is very cold in one small part of the world for a short period of time does not disprove a long-term global trend.
But even though weather doesn’t say anything about climate change, climate change does influence the weather. It’s been shown time and again that bizarre and unpredictable things can happen when heat accumulates in the atmosphere and ocean. Indeed, climate change affects all weather events because the world is warmer and moister than it used to be. That includes heat, drought, rainfall, storms — and yes, even cold.
Any hypothesis that claims that all possible outcomes proves the hypothesis is not science it is magic, or wishful thinking, or just plain lies to advance an agenda.

Tribal signalling: WE are the smart, cool ones who know that climate change is real. Unlike those "contrarians." We can now feel superior together.

"Posting" #2: Western Europe Shatters Temperature Records During Multi-Day Heat Wave

So, now it is summer. Europe is having a heatwave.
While it’s still too soon to connect any of the recent heat waves to climate change, scientists agree that global warming and deadly heat events are likely linked. 
“Attribution of events to climate change is still emerging as a science, but recent and numerous studies continue to speak to heat waves having strong links to warming climate,” Marshall Shepherd, University of Georgia atmospheric sciences program director, told ThinkProgress during India’s deadly heat wave. 
A recent study published in Nature Climate Change found that 75 percent of the world’s extremely hot days can be attributed to climate change.

In both of the postings, there is a lot of quoting of NOAA and the IPCC. Studiously ignored is the NASA satellite measurements of earth's temperature that show no signs of significant warming over the last 18 years.

Update: Center for American Progress helped craft EPA talking points, emails show

1) it is illegal for government agencies to coordinate with private groups.
2) it is against IRS regulations for CAP-type nonprofits to engage is this sort of advocacy.

No comments:

Post a Comment