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Can Global Warming Scientists Control the Weather?

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The New York Times carried an opinion piece entitled “Miami Battles Rising Seas” written by the former Secretary of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon and the Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez.

It is a curious article which starts with “Climate Change is not a distant threat for Miami; it’s a daily presence in people’s lives.”

The article was of particular interest to me as I have been living in Miami for the past 35 years.

The opinion piece goes on in part:

“The city has been fighting to stay above water for decades. It knows its future…That’s why the City of Miami...in 2017…voted to tax themselves to build resilience against flooding and storm surges (italics emphasis mine) by approving a $400 million bond issue that is financing projects across the city.”

It is true that certain parts of Miami have flooding issues relating to what is known as King High Tides. As the opinion piece states, this has been going on for decades.

King High Tides happen each year during September or October. Noted in the Miami Herald last October, the King High Tide was a foot shorter than usual.

Two factual matters not stated in the NYT opinion piece is whether the local weather —that is Miami — has gotten warmer; and how much has the Atlantic Ocean rose around Miami.

The global warming theorists always take in terms of global averages but do not focus on local conditions which are measurable within an acceptable degree of reliability.

Looking at this locally, the weather patterns in Miami are no different today than in the past.

A second fact is that there is no measurable rise in the level of the Atlantic Ocean along the Miami shore.

No one questions that the oceans ebb and flow, expand and contract. But the understanding of the complexity of the forces involved by a scientist is complicated by a labyrinth of known unknowns and unknown unknowns.

The need to harden Miami infrastructure against the seasonal King High Tide or a potential hurricane surge (among other water control issues) is a local necessity now. No one debates that.

However, gratuitously stating as if a scientific truth that the immediate need for updating the infrastructure of Miami because of future hypothetical global warming, carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming and …more extreme weather events and rising seas…floods, storms, wildfires, and droughts (my emphasis) misrepresents the situation, misleads as to justification while as a matter of logic is utterly dependent on an unsupported or fallacious argument.

There is no disagreement that the weather changes every day. While the daily weather predictions are getting pretty reliable, a recent article noted that predicting weather beyond two weeks is impossible.

Since climate is the accumulation of weather over extremely long periods, then how credible is a prediction of weather conditions in 100 years or even 12 years or even 1 year?

The globalist warming proponents use computer models to predict the global weather 100 or 200 years in the future.

So why are Ban Ki-moon and Mayor Suarez conflating future weather warming and carbon dioxide emissions on a global basis with the local requirements to protect Miami infrastructure from seasonal King Tide flooding or a hurricane storm surge?

No one disagrees that protecting cities and the countryside from floods, storm surges, wildfires, and droughts is critical.

No one disagrees that pollution of the seas with plastic is a bad thing; that making available clean water is a good thing; and that providing sanitation throughout the world is desperately necessary.

No one disagrees that coastal cities, first established centuries if not in some cases millennium ago, can use more infrastructure updating to control the risks of storm surge flooding, fire, and other hazards.

Spending money right now to counter recurring local perils is worthy in and of itself. It’s quantifiable and fits into today’s society.

Fantasizing about what should be done to control global climate in 100 years, is not relevant factor as to risks of today. It unpredictably involves a transformation of the economy, political dynamics, and social constructs of unknowable consequences or costs.

However, there are a great number of people who find comfort in viewing these issues of ambiguous global terms over specifically identifiable local problems.

Which view is correct? Global or local?

I suppose it comes down to making a choice.

Do you want to build a wall to protect your house from an expected local storm surge or flood, or would you rather protect your house by believing that the global warming scientists know how to control the climate?

Denis Kleinfeld is known as a strategic tax and wealth protection lawyer, widely published author and creative teacher.

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