The Bio-Fool Manifesto
Schednet.com revealed what the mainstream media chose to ignore last month. The headline:
“Pentagon climate study proves false, but lives on in alarmist policy”
“Ten years ago a US Defense Department climate study, which fanned fears of global warming and caused much public expenditure and regulatory compliance costs, has proven false, reports the Washington Times.
“In 2003, climate scientists told the military that by now California would be flooded by inland seas, The Hague would be unlivable, polar ice would be mostly gone in summer.
“The report was produced by a consulting firm, then called the Global Business Network, for the Pentagon’s office of net assessment. It became a driving force to allocate money to counter global threats, said the report.
“The report, ‘An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for National Security’, is credited with kick-starting the movement that has more vigor than ever before.
“‘The release of this report is what likely sparked the modern era of security interest in climate affairs,’ said Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute, that studies issues that affect public policy.
“Critics say such alarmist reports caused the Pentagon to shift money that could be used for weapons and readiness into biofuels and working climate change into strategic planning.
“The US Government Accountability Office in 2011 documented a big increase in federal global warming spending, from US $ 4.6 billion in 2003 to $ 9 billion in 2010.
“Oklahoma’s Senator James Inhofe, ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Armed Services, said biofuel projects should be left to the Energy Department.
“Under the section ‘Warming up to 2010′, here are some of the report’s key scenarios, compared with what has transpired:
“By 2005, more severe storms and typhoons bring about higher storm surges and floods.
“Today, UN experts say they have ‘low confidence’ of an increase in hurricanes or tornadoes. The US is likely experiencing fewer tornadoes than 50 years ago. This year’s tornado season was historically low.
“The US has not experienced a major hurricane in nearly ten years.
“As for global warming, satellite data shows no increase in world temperatures for 17 years. Even the Environmental Protection Agency puts the decade increase at 0.3 degrees – not 0.5 degrees a year as the study predicted. Predictions of more floods, making coastal cities such as The Hague ‘unlivable’ by 2007 have come to nothing.
“The UN said this year: ‘There continues to be a lack of evidence and thus low confidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale.’
“Yet the Pentagon alarmism persists in citing the questionable conclusions in this 2003 eco-report on its current Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) that warns of increasing storms.
“‘As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating,’ its latest QDR stated.” —
But here’s the latest from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
“Global Warming? 2014 Coolest Since 1993″
“The average temperature for the 48 contiguous U.S. states in the first half of 2014 was 47.6 degrees F. – just one-tenth of a degree above the 20th century average. The new report also disclosed that the six-month period marked the coldest first half of any year since 1993.
“The average maximum daytime temperature for the first six months of 2014 was slightly higher than the 20th century average, but the average minimum nighttime temperature was three-tenths of a degree below the 20th century average.
“Below-average temperatures were widespread east of the Rocky Mountains, and ‘two regions, the western Great Lakes and the southern Mississippi River Valley, had much-below-average temperatures during the six-month period,’ NOAA reported. Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi and Wisconsin each had a six-month period that ranked in the state’s top 10 for cold temperatures.
“The report also noted that the national precipitation total for the six-month period was a minuscule 0.02 inches below the average, while above-average precipitation was recorded across the Northern tier and parts of the Southeast. And drought conditions improved in the Midwest and Central and Southern plains.
“The NOAA report is not likely to deter global warming alarmists, however. As the Insider Report disclosed in June, a prominent climate science professor was removed from his post as an Associate Fellow at the progressive Institute for Policy Studies days after a newspaper published his op-ed piece calling manmade global warming an ‘unproved science.’
“Dr. Caleb Rossiter of American University was told that his views on climate science made his relationship with the institute ‘untenable.’” — [We covered that callous maneuver by the “institute” back in our Vol. XXXIX, Art 37 commentary. It’s worth another look.]