I like to use this Blog to summarize the most interesting topic(s) I read each week. This week, it was a letter from the Editorial Board of INVESTORS’ BUSINESS DAILY advising President Trump to scrap the Paris Climate Accord. The Accord was signed by President Obama in late 2015, but never submitted to the Senate for approval.
Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to “cancel” US participation in the Accord, which obliges countries to slash their greenhouse gas emissions to supposedly keep global temperatures from rising. No one knows what Mr. Trump will decide at the end of this month.
The reason I’m reprinting the latest IBD article below, rather than summarize it, is that the editors quote a number of new facts and figures on the climate change issue that I believe you will find very interesting as well.
Here it is [emphasis mine].
Science Unsettled: Why Trump Should Dump the Paris Climate Deal
Climate Change: We keep hearing the [climate change] “science is settled,” yet once again data emerge showing that there has been no appreciable warming now for 19 years. Memo to global warming advocates: People are starting to notice.
Of course, it is pretty clear from the record that temperatures have risen in the past 150 years or so. But that should hardly be surprising, given that the period lasting into the early 19th century was known as the “Little Ice Age.”
But more recently, alarms were sounded over the rise in 2015 and 2016 of global temperatures, even though the rise was a result of a temporary phenomenon — the “El Nino” effect of warming seawaters in the Pacific that create higher temperatures and weather disruptions around the world.
As Christopher Booker of the Sunday Telegraph in Britain noted this week, after being repeatedly warned about 2016 being “the hottest year on record,” we now have arrived at this: “In recent months global temperatures have plummeted by more than 0.6 degrees: just as happened 17 years ago after a similarly strong El Nino.”
By the way, those temperature readings are courtesy of satellites, which provide the most comprehensive and accurate temperature readings of all. Many of the scariest headlines come from far more limited, and localized, temperature readings, which can be deceptive.
Scare headlines about disappearing Arctic ice are similarly being shown as overblown if not outright false. The Danish Meteorological Institute reports that since December Arctic temperatures have pretty much been below -20 degrees Celsius. Arctic ice and the Greenland ice cap are both expanding, not shrinking.
Knowing this, it pays to be skeptical of model-based data — not actual measured ones — that suggest a need to spend massive amounts of money to keep a purely hypothetical threat from taking place. It makes no sense.
We’ve been told that the world will have to spend 2% of GDP, or roughly $1.5 trillion each year, to keep the threat of global warming at bay — even though estimates show that even if everything requested by the Paris Climate Change Accord were done, the effect on global climate would be negligible.
What’s galling is that, thanks to the fracking revolution, the U.S. is already sharply cutting its emissions of CO2. In February, the American Interest noted that “U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions hit a 25-year low the first six months of 2016, continuing the progress that the EPA says we made in 2015.”
So, temperatures and the output of CO2 are both falling? Meanwhile, recent reporting suggests the models on which the supposed global warming “science” is based have turned out to be highly questionable, unable to predict even past warming — something a model is supposed to be able to do.
As we noted recently, since the 1997 Kyoto Accord, U.S. output of greenhouse gases has plummeted 7.3%, despite U.S. GDP growing by 52% during that time. Our greenhouse gas footprint is shrinking, not growing.
Meanwhile, nations such as China and India that are boosting their output of greenhouse gases dramatically remain untouched by any of the recent anti-global warming agreements — including the damaging one that Obama agreed to in Paris in late 2015, but never submitted to the Senate for approval.
Which raises a big question. The Trump administration right now is under intense pressure both here and abroad to remain in Obama’s fraudulent Paris climate deal, which, as far as we can tell, is intentionally designed to destroy the U.S. economy and lower Americans’ standard of living.
Given the bad science and the enormous costs on which the Paris deal is based, why continue to give it any credence at all?
President Trump should do himself and the U.S. a favor and withdraw from the Paris deal.
As the renewed decline in temperatures shows, the only real threat Americans face is an unholy alliance between global bureaucrats and financially corrupted scientists eager for massive amounts of new spending so that they can stay employed. Time to put them all out of business.