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The scientific facts contradict the climate change faith

The proof that global warming exists, we are told, is that violent natural disasters like hurricanes are increasing. But is that really true?

Hurricanes are powerful forces of nature. National Geographic tell us that “Hurricanes are giant, spiraling tropical storms that can pack wind speeds of over 160 miles (257 kilometers) an hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons (9 trillion liters) of rain a day. These same tropical storms are known as cyclones in the northern Indian Ocean and Bay of Bengal, and as typhoons in the western Pacific Ocean.”

Whatever their name, “these storms are capable of annihilating coastal areas and causing massive death tolls.”

They are formed over warm water:

Hurricanes begin as tropical disturbances in warm ocean waters with surface temperatures of at least 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26.5 degrees Celsius). These low pressure systems are fed by energy from the warm seas. If a storm achieves wind speeds of 38 miles (61 kilometers) an hour, it becomes known as a tropical depression…

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Hurricanes are enormous heat engines that generate energy on a staggering scale. They draw heat from warm, moist ocean air and release it through condensation of water vapor in thunderstorms.

If global warming is true, then as the ocean waters heat up, we should expect hurricanes to become both more frequent and violent. The celebrities believe this. But should they?

And if this is true, then by denying science and disregarding the warnings of our liberal politicians and Mother Nature’s Hollywood spokesmen, then we deserve the judgment that we get. As we continue in our sins, then these storms will begin pounding us harder and harder until we repent.

FAITH WITHOUT EVIDENCE

A Wall Street Journal opinion piece recently explained this tendency to pronounce religious judgment on climate sinners like Houston who refuse to allow politicians to prescribe zoning laws. Regarding the recent destruction in Houston, we read:

“Harvey, the Storm That Humans Helped Cause,” said a headline in one progressive bellwether as the storm raged. An overseas columnist was less subtle if more clichéd: “Houston, you have a problem, and some of it of your own making.” In this telling, Houston is the Sodom and Gomorrah of fossil fuels, which cause global warming, which is producing more hurricanes.

Except, there is no detectable increase in hurricane activity. The WSJ article quotes Roger Pielke, Jr., who affirms the research and conclusions of the IPCC that manmade greenhouse gas emissions cause climate change:

As Roger Pielke Jr. has noted, the link between global warming and recent hurricanes and extreme weather events is “unsupportable based on research and evidence.” Mr. Pielke, who is no climate-change denier, has shown with data that hurricanes hitting the U.S. have not increased in frequency or intensity since 1900, there is no notable trend up or down in global tropical cyclone landfalls since 1970, and floods have not increased in frequency or intensity in the U.S. since 1950.

Pielke, even though he affirms climate change, by arguing that increasing damage from climate phenomena is a result of increasing urban density and manmade structures — economic growth, in other words — instead of worsening climate conditions, has been labeled a climate change denier. Go figure.

SKEPTICISM FROM SOURCES OF AUTHORITY

But Pielke isn’t the only sane voice in the crowd. The WSJ piece also quotes the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratino (NOAA), which resides within the US federal government’s Department of Commerce:

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently said that “it is premature to conclude that human activities—and particularly greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming—have already had a detectable impact on Atlantic hurricane or global tropical cyclone activity.”

And finally, just to prove its point, the WSJ piece references the IPCC as saying that we can’t prove global warming is making weather worse:

No less than the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says it lacks evidence to show that global warming is making storms and flooding worse. But climate scolds still blame Harvey on climate change because, well, this is what the climate models say should happen as the climate warms.

In the face of the facts, what we see from climate-change activists is a religious-like commitment to a belief that claims support from a (simplified) mathematical model, but which the evidence and facts simply don’t confirm.

Liberals believe in climate change. They believe their models accurately predict that manmade global warming will make storms and weather worse. They say that’s a bad thing, and therefore we should surrender our personal liberty and empower the government to take even greater action to prevent a disaster that may wipe our species from the face of the earth.

But even though manmade CO2 emissions have not ceased, and continue to increase, the storms haven’t actually gotten worse. Yet they insist, despite the apparent facts, that they are worse.

This is religious faith, not science.

MOTHER NATURE WATCHES OUR ELECTIONS TOO

If it’s not just the physical laws, as interpreted by humans, that Mother Nature is obeying, we are assured that she is also watching the outcome of our political process, too. Jennifer Lawrence in her recent interview has basically said that the Houston hurricane landed as a result of the US voting to elect Donald Trump as President.

How much more confirmation do we need, they keep asking us. Mother Nature obeys our science, and she is also on the side of our liberal politics. Being female herself, she really wanted Hillary Clinton to win that election.

Nature obeys our liberal scientism. Nature prefers our liberal political views. What more do we need to finally thrust off our antiquated conservative values and come into the New Age?

Do we all want to die?

All that’s missing to make this argument sound are the facts. Proof. Evidence.

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