MILLINOCKET, Maine, November 2, 2014 — The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just made public its Synthesis Report, which warns that climate change will be irreversible, unless measures are taken to phase out fossil fuels by the year 2100. The IPCC says that the report is “based on 30,000 scientific papers studied by about 830 authors and 2,000 reviewers.”
John Kerry felt compelled to characterize the report as “another canary in the coal mine.”
CNN presented the report along with a slide show of apparent climate change indicators. First up was the iconic polar bear mother with two cubs presumably standing on thin ice, then a close up of dried and cracked ground to highlight drought and a photo of a power plant with billowing steam all around it which many think is the epitome of pollution.
Let’s quickly debunk the implied meanings of these images. The polar bears are at the edge of an ice field or floe. Because of the action of water currents and sunlight, the edges are usually thinner than the interior areas of the ice, which become thicker the further away from the edge you are.
The dry, cracked ground is a common sight in farming country in early spring. Just after seasonal rains have soaked the soil, warmer air and sun dry it out and cracks form until newly planted seeds sprout and emerge from the ground. Another soaking rain comes along, the cracks disappear and the soil is able to retain its moisture during the growing season.
As for power plants, most of them are water cooled, so the “smoke” is actually water vapor from the cooling towers
The climate change crowd uses imagery to create the impression of urgency. What’s worse, they use that imagery to back up their “scientific” findings. What they offer is neither facts nor science, but illusion and hyperbole.
The fact is that traditional fossil fuel technology is evolving and new discoveries show fossil fuel to be more abundant. The idea that alternative energy sources will be able to match even our current energy production levels is in itself unscientific and ludicrous.
To be blunt, it’s a cuckoo idea.
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