By Gary North (www.lewrockwell.com), June 2, 2014
Over a decade ago, the Defence Department paid a private firm to produce a report on global warming. The outfit had some unknown guy crank it out. It was paid well for this report, which was dutifully published by the Defence Department.
Its predictions did not come true, of course. Yet the document is still cited by the global warming industry, as if it had not been just another propaganda piece.
It is nice that the Washington Times went back and looked at it. We forget how much money the government has spent over the last decade to promote this theory.
In 2003, the average temperature of the earth had not gone up for five or six years. Today, it has been 17 years. But the global warming crowd still pretends that we are facing a crisis. Al Gore is still taken seriously in these circles.
They call it climate change, since the climate clearly is not getting warmer. Change in every area of life is normal, but climate change is a bad thing, we are assured. The earth’s thermostat must be re-set lower by national governments, as if this were possible.
The climate change Party Line is still the same as it was back when global warming was all the rage: the federal government must pass laws that force private industry and local public utilities to cut carbon emissions, thereby strangling the American economy. This would be an indirect subsidy to China, which ignore the theory and uses coal to grow its economy.
The theory that what men have done has raised the earth’s temperature has been rejected by over 31,000 American scientists. See for yourself. But the media refuse to report on this fact. This information would undermine faith in the Party Line.
The federal government spends billions of dollars a year to pay for reports like the 2003 report. The free market responds. It supplies the reports.
Nobody should have paid any attention to this in 2003. Here are some highlights.
Consultants told the military that, by now, California would be flooded by inland seas, The Hague would be unlivable, polar ice would be mostly gone in summer, and global temperatures would rise at an accelerated rate as high as 0.5 degrees a year. . . .
Yet the 2003 report, “An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security,” is credited with kick-starting the movement that, to this day and perhaps with more vigor than ever, links climate change to national security.
The report also became gospel to climate change doomsayers, who predicted pervasive and more intense hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts.
“The release of this report is what likely sparked the ‘modern era’ of security interest in climate affairs,” said Jeff Kueter, president of the George C. Marshall Institute, a nonprofit that examines scientific issues that affect public policy.
“It was widely publicized and very much a tool of the political battles over climate raging at the time,” said Mr. Kueter, who sees as “tenuous” a link between U.S. security and climate change.
Doug Randall, who co-authored the Pentagon report, said, “Even I’m surprised at how often it’s referred to. . . .
Under the section “Warming up to 2010,” here are some of the report’s key scenarios, compared with what has transpired:
• By 2005, “more severe storms and typhoons bring about higher storm surges and floods.”
Today: The most recent U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report said it has “low confidence” of an increase in hurricanes or tornadoes. The U.S. is likely experiencing fewer tornadoes compared with 50 years ago, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This year’s tornado season was historically low. . . .
The U.S. has not experienced a major hurricane in nearly 10 years.
• Global temperatures will increase by 0.5 degrees Fahrenheit per decade and, in some areas, 0.5 degrees per year.
Today: Scientists skeptical of man-made climate change say satellite data show there has been no increase in 17 years. The Environmental Protection Agency, a strong climate change advocate, puts the decade increase at 0.3 degrees. . . .
• “Floating ice in the northern polar seas is mostly gone during the summer by 2010.”
Today: Arctic sea ice remains. Warming in the polar region has reduced the ice extent, from 2.8 million square miles at its yearly summer minimum in 1979, when satellite measuring began, to 2.1 million square miles in 2013, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
• Sacramento River levees will fail, creating “an inland sea” in California that “disrupts the aqueduct system transporting water.”
Today: There are no inland seas in California.
Yet there are still millions of people who still take seriously this nonsense. The propaganda keeps coming.