June 18th, 2024

Growing climate alarmism is ignoring science and data


By Lethbridge Herald on March 4, 2022.

Editor:

Early in his latest presidential campaign, Joe Biden exuberantly proclaimed “I choose truth over facts”. Though humorous at the time, these five words actually exposed the core of the Left’s playbook.

 For example, in promoting most of their virtuous pet projects such as anti-racism, climate change alarmism and its co-dependent renewable energy industry, let’s just say that they have been very careless with the truth. Facts and empirical data don’t matter, they just get in the way. On the subject of climate, it’s difficult to overstate the fraudulent efforts in promoting climate change nightmares to achieve the intended results. 

There is a long list of characters who will not be treated well by history because of their collective efforts to mislead a trusting society on such an important topic. 

There have been a litany of lies promulgated by such characters as John Holdren (Obama’s chief science advisor) who had predicted mass starvation due to overpopulation and global warming by the year 2000 and Al Gore who manufactured the nose-stretching “Inconvenient Truth” movies that were force-fed to our school kids. 

Of course, none of what they’ve predicted ever happened. But were any apologies made to the public or corrections to their theories? Not a chance! As Biden had admitted, the Left’s version of the truth will always trump mere facts. We could all be forgiven for believing that the incidences of hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods, wildfires, sea level rise and heat extremes are setting new records based upon what we read and hear daily from our mostly climate-sycophantic media.

 But the reality, based upon easily accessed historical data from the governments’ own agencies, proves otherwise. And because of affordable and abundant energy (mostly from fossil fuels) our infrastructure and lifestyles have become dramatically more resilient to any weather challenges that we do face. 

Well-regarded Swedish environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg recently reported that in spite of alleged climate change in the last hundred years, the annual global climate-related death rate fell from 243 deaths per million in 1920 to the almost nothing in 2020 of one per million. 

This revelation should provide comfort to all but as Lomborg points out “despite this good news, it is unlikely to deter climate alarmism, since it has evolved into a belief system, eschewing data and science for ‘climate justice’.” 

Lynn Thacker

Bow Island

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johnny57

Yes Lynn! The “Lefts” “The Sky Is Falling” narrative has served them very well. Its very important for them to keep the facts under the rug as long as they can.

Sharkmeister

Yes, let’s tell the truth like all the right-wing loudmouths do. Give it a rest dude and go watch your Trump videos.

TonyPargeter
johnny57

No resting here until all you Liberal loonie-toons do a Houdini vanishing act! As far as videos are concerned just might watch a Biden video tonight. Much better than any sleeping pill or drink before bed. Guaranteed to fall asleep!

Last edited 2 years ago by johnny57
h2ofield

Keep piling up those negative votes, johnnytwitstick!
Mental midget.

johnny57

Waterhead you surfaced again! I guess that tiny brain of yours does not need much oxygen to function! That would explain a lot of your brainless comments!

Last edited 2 years ago by johnny57
h2ofield

You surfaced here, proving again that s**t floats.

johnny57

YOU IDIOT!

h2ofield

That’s it? Gawd, you’re weak!

johnny57

Bring-it-on you POS!

h2ofield

Bring what to you? A brain, because you haven’t one?

biff

i will not forget your entry where you crossed a serious line and decided to insult my mom. even though the herald eventually censored it, you are as crass it gets. ditto the sickos that somehow find it worthy to support your grossness. i just know fate will have us meet one day. perhaps you have a licence plate on your truck with your h2ZERO moniker on it? and a giant sack of a belly that globs out over your thighs and knees when seated? however it comes to be.

h2ofield

Was someone talking to ‘biff’? He seems to follow me around like a horned-up dog. Are you really that stupid you can’t find me? I welcome you anytime! Come see how out of shape I am.
And for context..Old SNL..celebrity Jeopardy…Connery to Trebek..’your mother was a whore’.
Sorry you didn’t get it, as you used the word earlier.
Such an over-reactive ninny!

biff

and to that ignorant entry i did reply: sorry that your mom still is one. i am patient. meanwhile, you could use some mental health support. truly.

h2ofield

My Mother has been dead for years, so that doesn’t apply. If anyone on this forum could use mental health support, it’s you. In fact, you should take a break and learn not to become so triggered.
Come see how out of shape I am!

biff

thanks for asking me out – i am flattered, even a little curious. if you like long walks along the lake at sunset you’ve got me. i tell you what: you bring the baguette, and i get to decide where it goes.

h2ofield

Such a fool. No one is asking you out (freak).
You imply I’m some big fat slob. I’m offering to prove you wrong.
But alas, continue to hide in anonymity.
Let me know when you get a spine.

biff

oh, sorry, i misinterpreted. so, you just want to pose for me and have me stare at you?

SophieR

Maybe paint up your truck and block a road in Bow Island, Lynn.

The only source given is Bjorn Lomborg, a political scientist. Sigh.
https://www.desmog.com/bjorn-lomborg/

And a review of his latest book False Alarm

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/09/false-alarm-by-bjorn-lomborg-apocalypse-never-by-michael-shellenberger-review

old school

Sophie, you forgot the prophecies by Al Gore and John Holden that didn’t come true. That is also a good source of the misinformation.

SophieR

I wasn’t aware these people were prophets. You’ll have to share a reference to their failed prophecies sometime, and tell me how they failed.

Science is not prophecy. The most recent IPCC report says we have underestimated the rate of heating and the impacts to the natural world we rely on to, you know, survive in a stable society.

TonyPargeter

About as basic as it gets.

buckwheat

Bob Ward Bob Ward is policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy at London School of Economics and Political Science

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Friel. Your stated authors.

SophieR

It’s a book review by a peer who says that Lomborg is fudging numbers even in his own discipline. Said differently, Lomborg has as little credibility in his economics as he does in his understanding of energy technologies or climate science.

John P Nightingale

“Well regarded” – by whom?
Not only does the writer (Thacker) fail to understand the reality of global warming (last seven years hottest on record), he does not seem to understand the consequences of global warming of over a degree centigrade since the Industrial Revolution. Lomborg, the darling of the skeptics, is not a “scientist” – unless you include a “political scientist” falling under that category.
No one is suggesting that this is solely due to industrial emissions but the rate of increase lends credence to man-made warming contributions.
“Climate Sycophantic media”? – impressive words – presumably suggesting the media is a grovelling and servile institution. Fact is it is not merely the “media” but respected scientific journals and institutions world wide that agree on the cause(s) and affects , one of which is global green-house gas emissions.
Consider increasing floods, drought , polar ice cap reductions, high temperatures across the globe including a record high in Lytton BC last year.
To suggest that there are “one per million” deaths because of global climate related events in 2020 is false. ( WHO estimates at least 150,000 deaths per year) Landslides caused by torrential rains alone resulted in multiple fatalities. Arguing that there is no correlation between emissions and such events is pure folly and not backed up by figures from Europe and NOAA (USA).
To repeat, that the earth warms and cools naturally is not in doubt but neither is the contribution that pollution emissions from multiple sources contribute to the current situation.
As with the writers factual accuracy , kindly note Lomborg is Danish not Swedish.

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Sharkmeister

You sound like a religious redneck zealot.

TonyPargeter

Guaranteed. And yet another example of the growing danger to us all from the multitudes who “believe” (how about expunging that word altogether btw and replace it with “think?”) in an alternate reality, knowing as we do that an alternate authority accompanies that worldview, one that conveniently and automatically trumps any of our merely human expertise.

Sharkmeister

Your only source is just looking for attention. He changed his story 180 degrees when he realized he could get more airtime spewing the nazi right-wing garbage. LOMBORG:

“In a 2010 report in The Guardian, Lomborg acknowledged that global warming is “a challenge that humanity must confront.” Lomborg goes as far as calling for a carbon tax and a $100 billion investment in clean technologies.9
However, in his new book Smart Solutions to Climate Change, Lomborg argues that it would be too expensive to implement any major carbon reduction policy, and that “drastic carbon cuts would be the poorest way to respond to global warming.”10
As Desmog reports, Lomborg appears to be directly contradicting himself.11″

Make up your mind dude.