Sunday, May 10, 2015

"I'm not a scientist..."

Thus spake our President recently at a fund raiser, where he uttered perhaps the most accurate words of his administration.

Of course, he followed that up with the statement "I can understand science." Which I'm suspect of since he can't understand the Constitution, even though he's supposedly a Constitutional scholar.

Anyway, this whole bit is over the President trying to gin up the Climate Change scare (emphasis mine):

"And what the science says is that our planet is warming in such a way that it is going to increase drought, and it is going to increase wildfires, and it is going to displace millions of people around this planet, and increase the severity of floods and hurricanes, and it will cost lives and it will cost our way of life, and it could affect the incredible natural bounty that Oregon represents. And that’s not the kind of America I want to pass on to our kids and our grandkids."

That would be a keeper of a sound bite if any of it was true. Or even remotely true. Currently we are experiencing a flat-line temperature trend that has lasted over 18 years:

no global warming for over 18 years

We're also in the longest period (I think over 3 years) of no Cat 3 hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. Also no increase in the number or severity of tornadoes, drought or wildfires, despite what's happening in California at the moment. And frankly, that has more to do with over population of an arid area and the forced introduction of water where it does not go normally, than anything the climate is doing. Which isn't much of anything, thankyouverymuch.

And despite historic levels of melting of Arctic and Antarctic ice, we still have historic levels of ice at both poles. So . . . the oceans aren't rising, seaside towns aren't under water, polar bears and penguins are living happy lives, and so on. You know, business as usual on planet Earth.

I also saw where even though NASA is crying wolf over high CO2 levels (still far below historic highs), the happy side effect is a greening of the planet. Because plants like CO2, you know? And when they process it, we get more oxygen. That's a good thing, right?

Maybe the Prez ought to stick to his Final 4 bracket and leave the science to actual scientists who aren't groveling for funding from the government.

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