On Wednesday, in the nick of time, NASA joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in declaring 2016 the hottest year on record.
According to these government scientists, this would make the third consecutive year in which the earth set new records dating back to 1880 when records were first gathered.
The media are near giddy in announcing this news. So giddy, in fact, that they may ditch the phrase “climate change” in favor of the not quite retro “global warming” as the crisis phrase du jour.
Although climate change advocates are reluctant to admit it, about a decade or so ago they switched terminology from “global warming” to “climate change.”
They never explained why, but it is likely because for about 15 years, even by their own skewed counting, the earth wasn’t warming.
“Climate change” worked for just about everything – heat, cold, wet, dry, wind, waves, you name it – and in no place more visibly than in California. There, a six-year drought has been taking a physical toll on the state.
Perversely, progressives welcomed the drought because to them it was proof, if proof were needed, of the real-world ramifications of climate change.
A Google search of “California” “drought” “climate change” nets more than 10 million hits, many of them hysterical, many of those from respectable publications.
“Cause of California drought linked to climate change,” insisted the National Science Foundation in 2014.
“California drought is made worse by global warming, scientists say,” so reported the New York Times in 2015.
“Climate change could extend California’s drought,” opined the Los Angeles Times in September 2016 in a scathing editorial directed at non-believers.
“One of the myriad incorrect assertions by climate-change deniers is that scientists who have proven man-made causes for the current global warming ignore periods of warming in the Earth’s past that were not caused by industrial pollution,” a syntactically challenged LA Times editorialist scolded the faithless.
“Since it’s essentially, and of course ironically, entirely non-scientists who make this claim,” the editorialist continued, “the deniers would do well to read a recent UCLA study that indicates California’s current six-year severe drought could be exacerbated enough by global warming to extend the dry period for centuries.”
Well, the dry period did not extend for centuries. It did not even extended for months. This winter it started raining again in California.
“Rain has finally been falling hard in California, where reservoirs are filling up fast,” reported Bloomberg Tuesday. The problem now for the state is how to manage the reservoirs.
The problem for the alarmists is where to find a new, tangible cause for alarm.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, they predicted a rash of hurricanes such as the world had never seen before. Books were written. Tears were shed.
And then – nothing. Before the modest Category I Matthew struck northern Florida in October, Florida went a record 11 years without a single hurricane strike.
Similarly, according to the Weather Channel, the even more modest Hermine “eclipsed the longest drought on record, dating to 1886,” when it entered the Gulf of Mexico in September.
Just as the drought seems to have come to a pretty spectacular end, government scientists rush to the rescue with new fears of real warming.
They and their alarmists in the media ask us to ignore all the hysteria that we have had to read for the last 30 years and believe them now.
The news will give the faithful one more reason to fear Donald Trump on the eve of his Inauguration and give the scientists one more reason to justify their continued employment.
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