As I made my daily trip to Climate Depot to read the latest in climate news, staring at me was an interesting piece of news. The climate pause continued through the month of March, which means the Earth hasn’t warmed since June 1997, that amounts to in 18 years and 10 months. Back then Al Gore had a real job, well sort of– he was Vice President.
How long is that amount of time?
Allow me to put the climate change pause of 18 years and 10 months in perspective. Consider the High School Seniors who graduate in June, two months away. These kids have had the climate change hypothesis drilled into their heads during their entire time in school, yet during their entire time on this Earth the planet hasn’t warmed.
In May 1997, the month before the pause began, Bill Clinton was only four months into his second term, and we wouldn’t hear the name Monica Lewinsky for another year.
May 1997 was also the month that America was introduced to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, because the first movie in the series, was released.
That was also the month one of the original boy bands Hanson had their first hit,”MMMBop,” they were 12, 14 and 17. They are still performing but they look a bit older.
On the April 30th, 1997 episode of her sitcom Ellen Degeneres and her TV character each came out as gay. Ten days later Bob Saget hosted his final regular episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, Model Claudia Schiffer was on the cover of Playboy and Maxim had it’s very first issue in the United States.
In May 1997 the big news was that Israel and Turkey having joint military exercises (it was long before Turkey had an Islamist government), the Whitewater special counsel urged the Supreme Court to let stand an order requiring the White House to turn over notes. That month Mohammed Khatami was elected president of Iran, President Clinton said the victory of Khatami was ”hopeful,” and suggested that perhaps now the U.S. estrangement with Iran’s people ”can be bridged,” and New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended from Major League Baseball’s executive council because he sued the other owners.
The May 1997 issue of Discover Magazine talked about the future of space exploration, at the time yours truly was working as an advertising sales rep for that magazine. Two years later I moved to Nickelodeon Magazine, followed by three other magazine companies, before deciding to become a full time writer three years ago.
Why am I reporting all this old news? Precisely because it is “old news.” Just as the hyperbole and fear tactics of the global warming supporters is old news.
CO2 levels in the atmosphere have grown from 348.7 parts per million in 1997 , to 404.02 parts per million in Feb. 2016, based on the climate change hypothesis it should have gotten warmer but it hasn’t.
“But wait,” you may be thinking, ‘why does the news keep reporting every month has been the hottest temperature ever?” Those claims of the hottest temperatures on record are “sort of” true also. First of all even when they talk about the hottest ever—it’s by hundredth of a degree or even less. But even more significant is the fact that they are using land based temperature readings rather than satellite data. Climate scientists actually preferred the satellite data, they thought it more accurate, until that data started disproving their global warming hypothesis.
So what exactly are we missing here? That’s easy, the push for addressing climate change has nothing to do with climate, in 2010 United Nations’ IPCC official Ottmar Edenhofer:
Basically it’s a big mistake to discuss climate policy separately from the major themes of globalization. The climate summit in Cancun at the end of the month is not a climate conference, but one of the largest economic conferences since the Second World War. Why? Because we have 11,000 gigatons of carbon in the coal reserves in the soil under our feet – and we must emit only 400 gigatons in the atmosphere if we want to keep the 2-degree target. 11 000 to 400 – there is no getting around the fact that most of the fossil reserves must remain in the soil.
First of all, developed countries have basically expropriated the atmosphere of the world community. But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. Obviously, the owners of coal and oil will not be enthusiastic about this. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole.
That’s why the climate change hypothesis is being pushed despite the fact that it hasn’t gotten warmer for almost nineteen years—world wide redistribution of income.