Winter 2015 has become a combination of "Dr. Zhivago" and the scary scenes of "Frozen." This has rendered champions of so-called global warming eerily quiet.
Boston, the epicenter of this epic chill, has amassed a near-record 101.8 inches of snow this season. While Bostonians traverse snow mazes, trains have been idled, and some 147 roofs have collapsed beneath the white stuff in Massachusetts alone.
Amid this week’s single-digit temperatures, a Manhattan CVS store sells ski-resort-style toe warmers — a first in my 27 years here. Meanwhile, ice breakers crush through the Hudson River, to keep ships moving.
Niagara Falls has frozen solid. Using ice picks, Canadian adventurer Will Gadd, on Jan. 27, became the first person to climb 130 feet up the landmark over which daredevils have tumbled in barrels.
Across Dixie and beyond, ice has rendered car brakes useless. Multiple-vehicle pileups have triggered injuries and deaths. Further south, Florida citrus farmers feartheir crop will become frozen concentrated orange juice — even before harvest.
Overseas, snow in Saudi Arabia inspired a cleric to instruct Muslims not to build snowmen, since Islam forbids human images. Some 29 migrants fleeing ISIS-inspired chaos in Libya died of hypothermia Feb. 9 after Italian sailors plucked them from the frigid Mediterranean. The Guardian reports English and Welsh death rates are 32 percent higher than normal this winter — as the cold kills.
In a cosmic irony, a student group called Fossil Free Yale cancelled a Feb. 13 global-warming protest as temperatures hit -9 Fahrenheit. It’s not supposed to be like this.
Citing Noel Brown of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the July 5, 1989 Miami Herald reported that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000. Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of ‘eco-refugees,’ threatening political chaos.”
Eco-guru Bill McKibben predicted that year that “a few more decades of ungoverned fossil-fuel use and we burn up, to put it bluntly.”
Carbon dioxide is rising, which should poach the Earth in its own greenhouse gases. As of last September, CO2 emissions “were on track to hit a record 40 billion metric tons . . . 10 times more than in 1943 (4.007 billion tons),” reports Marlo Lewis, Jr. of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI). As CO2 soars, however, average temperatures flat line, and winter readings plunge. This capsizes the vaunted greenhouse effect.
The computer models behind so-called global warming similarly predict relentless heat. Yet satellites show no increase in Earth’s average temperature since 1997.
A peer-reviewed paper recently published by the Chinese Academy of Sciences identifies a faulty equation common to these climate models. It wrongly forecasts warming double or even triple actual observations. Garbage in. Garbage out.
But wasn’t 2014 the hottest year ever? Surface thermometers so indicated. However, they can be swayed when creeping urbanization warms once-rural measuring stations. Remote Sensing System satellite data made last year the sixth hottest on record.
Also, most journalists failed to mention that NASA reported a 52 62 percent probability that their hottest year calculations were wrong. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) estimated 62 52 percent odds that it was mistaken. So, 2014 was, most likely, not the hottest year ever.
Despite abundant and obvious counter-evidence, the so-called global warming alarmists cling to their little theory. For them, it’s not about facts. It’s about faith.
Rajendra Kumar Pachauri admits as much. He chaired the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Vatican of Warmism. Pachauri quit the IPCC Tuesday amid sexual harassment charges. “For me the protection of Planet Earth, the survival of all species and sustainability of our ecosystems is [sic] more than a mission,” his resignation letter stated. “It is my religion and my dharma.”
As the ice and snow accumulate, and CO2 inexplicably increases, the alarmists will stop preaching so-called global warming as soon as radical imams stop issuing fatwas.
Deroy Murdock is a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University. Read more reports from Deroy Murdock — Click Here Now.
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