It's official—the sky is falling! Let those who have doubted this do penance for being both naively misled and then misleading others. The word has been passed down from the highest administrative level and from none other than State Secretary John Kerry, who in a fiery speech in Jakarta told the Indonesians that they were on the front lines of a global-warming cataclysm and that, absent immediate attention, half of Jakarta would be under water by the end of the century.
There was a time when Kerry was ranting about “global-warming” as creating the disaster, but since there's been no global warming since about 1995 that term has been abandoned and replaced by (a fanfare, please) CLIMATE-CHANGE! Kerry characterized climate change as “perhaps the world's most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” That sounds crazy...because it is. It's his way of saying God has declared war on the world. The climate has been changing throughout the eons of earth's existence. An ice-age was predicted in the 1970s, but then along came common sense.
Indeed, the “experts” say that it was much warmer globally in 1100 than it is now and that the climate changed not long after that into something called the Little Ice Age. They also say that Greenland used to be farming country but look at it now. They also say that eons ago (perhaps during the third ice-age) a glacier carved out the Ohio River with its slithering around before retreating back to the Arctic. The historians note that there was no industry then spewing anything into the air although the natives might have smoked something or other. The warm-age took place from 1000 to 1400. The Little Ice-Age ran from 1400 to 1900.
So...there's climate-change. There was a time when the healthcare plan was called “Obamacare.” Even the president modestly called it that. That term is also gone, and now the healthcare fiasco is called the Affordable Care Act. The lesson: When things are turning bad in this administration the name/subject is changed. Climate-Change has come along just in time to get the nation's mind off ACA, the IRS and Benghazi scandals, and the lies told by Obama (keep your doctor, period) in order to get reelected.
According to the National Climatic Data Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the average contiguous U.S. temperature for December was 30.9°F, or 2.0°F below the 20th century average, the 21st coldest December on record for the nation and the coldest since 2009. The average temperature Dec. – Feb. from 1901 to 2000 in the U.S. was 32.97 degrees F. During 2002 – 2011, the trend was downward by a whopping 4.13 degrees F. The hottest summer in the U.S. occurred in 1936, nearly 80 years ago.
There has been some warming since 1980, the year following a pronounced 25-year cold spell, but temperatures in the U.S. and the rest of the world have been stable since 1999, despite all the emissions from China, the origin of by far the most gases, etc., having built coal-fired generators of electricity in amazing numbers. Kerry was ranting in Indonesia when he should have been lecturing China and India, which together have 2.57 billion population, 37% of the world population, while the U.S. holds 4.5% of the world's people, and Indonesia much less than that.
The Obama/Kerry cabal is part of the United Nations effort to penalize particularly the U.S. (Obama's cap-and-trade scheme the House passed without anyone reading it) in an effort to disrupt the nation's energy sources and fulfill Obama's 2008 promise to wreck coal production and make electricity rates “skyrocket” in his own country. He was elected anyway. The suffering continues in a nation in which energy-suppliers at tremendous expense have practically removed all particulate from the atmosphere, while actual polluters, China and India, fill the air, making a lot of smog, yet don't affect climate.
The climate, as it always has, proceeds through cycles, notwithstanding anything man does. Man-made global warming is a proven fraud but in an election year takes folks' minds off the lies, IRS scandal, Obamacare, the economy, and the insane “red-line” foreign policy. The UN-IPCC/Gore/Obama fraud was exposed in 2009, completely wrecking the glorious climate-conference in Copenhagen in which Obama was to be the star. Although being Nobel Peace (not Climate) prize-winners, neither Gore nor Obama would know the difference between an isobar and Celsius.
According to the American Meteorlogical Society, the three hottest (coldest) years measured by the mean SAT over the United States were ranked as 1998, 2006, and 1934 (1917, 1895, and 1912). With the computerized climate-gang models, it's garbage in, garbage out. It gets hot, then cold and does it all over again, man's ideas notwithstanding.
And so it goes.