Millions of young people flooded the streets of cities around the world to demand political leaders take urgent steps to stop climate change, uniting in a worldwide protest inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg. The coordinated “climate strike” culminated in New York’s Wall Street, where the focus of attack was the fossil fuel industry investments, capitalism and of course America.
News Forecasters asks, will people heed the warning of the climate change strike and take action?
Some efforts have been forthcoming. The United Nation Paris Agreement for the first time brought all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. President Trump has taken the U.S. out of the agreement – who is thought to be one of the largest violators of the climate change problem. Unfortunately for this agreement, compliance has been feeble at best.
At the source of the alarm is this now famous hockey stick chart (see inset chart) that shows an eye-popping change in CO2 emissions. Climate change Apolcolapse is upon us – here is just an example of one of many articles explaining this dire situation. The hockey stick chart has been controversial. The data and methods used in reconstructions of the temperature record of the past 1000 years have been disputed.
Looking at the past 20 years, though CO2 levels have been rising, the global temperature has not (see inset chart). Is this just a temporary stall? Some have suggested that the rising CO2 levels are the effect, not the cause of rising global temperatures. CO2 levels are not the only cause of potential climate change – solar variations and Methane, to name a few.
What are the major issues that climate change deniers have? These climate change denier groups often point to natural variabilities. The following are the key points to their claims:
- No one disputes climate change has not happened. The question is to what degree.
- No one disputes humans has not had a hand in climate change. The question is to what degree.
- Just how strong is the correlation of CO2 emissions to global warming and is it an effect rather than a cause.
- If you accept that climate change is a problem, what is the most effective solution? Population control, innovation, or something else?
Getting back to the hockey stick chart, what does a longer-term view of global CO2 levels look like? In the past CO2 levels have been much higher than today (see inset chart). After all, there used to be glaciers in Missouri – obviously, the climate has changed. Climate change alarmists in the scientific community, and environmental movements have gotten many predictions wrong in the past. Are they wrong again?
Back in the time when people thought the world was flat, and ships that went out to sea, fell off the edge. What changed people’s views? A global flat earth protest and shaming the flat earth people in some marketing campaign? No, rather better research, understanding, and evidence convinced people. If you are a climate change activist and frustrated with climate change deniers – you simply have not made your case well enough – do your job! As a suggestion, do more science and less political science – political science approach to climate change will be counterproductive.
Then there is the case of the climate change conspiracy – what’s the real purpose of climate change? When reading The Green New Deal, it reads more like a social justice change agenda, with a little climate change mixed in. The Paris agreement is more about a globalists’ view of socialism, to do redistribution of wealth from the developed world to the underdeveloped world. The carbon taxes proposed by climate change groups, maybe more about governments obtaining more tax revenue to gain the power to buy votes with the new tax monies. It does make one wonder if actual climate change solutions are the core of these efforts. If you open your mouth and challenge conventional thinking – be careful of your future.
News Forecasters are not climate change experts and take no position on climate change, but we can say is that the current climate change action will have little effect on climate change, though the climate change merchants may profit well from their efforts. People deep down just don’t believe climate change is real enough to take serious action. Climate change deniers are not alone. Barack Obama, the U.S. signatory of the Paris Climate Change Accord, after jetting around the world burning up the environment spuing CO2, just bought a nice house on the edge of the ocean – which presumably would be underwater in a few short years.