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When the history of our times is written, there will have to be a chapter on the great global-warming scam and the manner in which this generation’s best and brightest fell prey to con artists no less slick than Josef Stalin’s favorite – Trofim Denisovich Lysenko.
This chapter will have as its focus a variety of clowns. Al Gore, purveying his convenient and highly profitable lies, will of course loom large, as will Rajendra Pachauri and the aficionados of hype at the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, who were rewarded for their dishonesty, alongside Gore, with a Nobel Peace Prize. Their assistants in Britain at the Hadley Centre for Climate Change and the Climatic Research Unit in East Anglia, whose misrepresentation of the scientific evidence was exposed in and after November 2009, will also be prominent.
But this is by now old news – thoroughly explored in the mainstream press everywhere except, of course, in the United States, where “the worst scientific scandal of our generation” has been relegated to brief defensive articles hidden where they are unlikely to be widely read. What will, I think, be most evident in this chapter, however, will be the deep-seated reluctance of the great and good to back away from the extravagant and unfounded claims by which they have been conned.
Consider, for example, the directors of the MET office in Great Britain – that country’s weather service. Mindful of the anthropogenic global-warming orthodoxy, which that office helped generate, they have, for three years running, predicted exceptionally warm winters for Britain. And, of course, for three years running our cousins across the Atlantic have suffered through exceedingly cold winters. The current one is, in fact, the coldest on record, and in Britain the records go back to 1652. One wonders – and, in Britain, certain commentators do now openly wonder – just how long it will take the government of that country to admit that the whole thing is a fiasco.
We should not, however, confine our laughter to the British. If anything, our establishment is even more ridiculous. Consider, for example, the ever-reliable editors at “our newspaper of record” Pravda on the Hudson: I mean, of course, The New York Times.
Right now, as you no doubt know, it is bitterly cold – especially on the East Coast. Californians have been subjected to torrential rains. In Colorado, the snowfall has been mammoth. In Minneapolis, it was so heavy that it brought down the roof at the Metrodome. The cold in Miami and Key West has set records. Philadelphia is reeling today under 24 inches of snow. In Elizabeth, New Jersey, the snowfall is 32 inches. In Brooklyn and Newark, it exceeds 24 inches, and, in Boston, which has received 18.2 inches, the story has not yet fully been told. Nor is this a freak accident. Seven of the last nine winters in the eastern United States and Eurasia have been exceptionally cold.
And what do we learn from the Grey Lady? Listen to Judah Cohen – “director of seasonal forecasting at” a suspiciously nameless “atmospheric and environmental research firm,” which, as you might guess, depends on government funding to support its research – who writes in that estimable journal that “the overall warming of the atmosphere is actually creating cold-weather extremes.”
Got that? “We’re freezing not in spite of climate change but because of it.” As for “annual cycles like El Niño/Southern Oscillation, solar variability and global ocean currents,” forget them. They “cannot account for recent winter cooling.”
Nope, the solar minimum and its aftermath – the prolonged absence of sunspots and solar storms – these have nothing to do with the temperature and the weather more generally. Nor does the appearance of La Niña. Our suffering is all a consequence of – you guessed it – anthropogenic global warming! It has to be. The alternative is unthinkable.
“As global temperatures have warmed and as Arctic sea ice has melted over the past two and a half decades,” Mr. Cohen reports,
more moisture has become available to fall as snow over the continents. So the snow cover across Siberia in the fall has steadily increased.
The sun’s energy reflects off the bright white snow and escapes back out to space. As a result, the temperature cools. When snow cover is more abundant in Siberia, it creates an unusually large dome of cold air next to the mountains, and this amplifies the standing waves in the atmosphere, just as a bigger rock in a stream increases the size of the waves of water flowing by.
The increased wave energy in the air spreads both horizontally, around the Northern Hemisphere, and vertically, up into the stratosphere and down toward the earth’s surface. In response, the jet stream, instead of flowing predominantly west to east as usual, meanders more north and south. In winter, this change in flow sends warm air north from the subtropical oceans into Alaska and Greenland, but it also pushes cold air south from the Arctic on the east side of the Rockies. Meanwhile, across Eurasia, cold air from Siberia spills south into East Asia and even southwestward into Europe.
What we have here is an unfalsifiable hypothesis. If it is exceptionally warm, the cause is global warming. If it is breathtakingly cold, the cause is the same. Karl Popper must be rolling in his grave.
The end is near. When a scientific hypothesis is on its last legs, its proponents have to engage in special pleading on an ever-growing scale. When you read Mr. Cohen’s argument, you should think of the cycles and epicycles added in a desperate attempt to make sense of the geocentric astronomy of Ptolemy. The field of climate science awaits its Copernicus, its Tycho Brahe, its Galileo, and its Newton. In the meantime, however, we can lean back and enjoy the chutzpah on display at The New York Times. There is sure to be more to come.