U.N. Puts a Price on Stopping Climate Change: $1.3 Trillion Per Year
Global warming alarmists push new, flawed model predicting catastrophic sea level rise without costly action
Just when you thought there was no hope left, “experts” have taken to the editorial pages of Nature to warn that if the planet crosses the 2.0-degree Celsius (3.6°F) threshold, deadly heat waves will cause rising sea levels — leading to mass migrations.
How do they know this will happen? Computer models. Can it be fixed? For the princely sum of $1.3 trillion a year.
Since 1988, climate scientists have been making dark predictions based on computer modeling. Ironically, none of their predictions have been coming true. Sea level rise has remained steady at about 2-3 millimeters per year, with some studies showing an actual decline over the past few years.
The latest commentary, co-written with U.N. chief Christiana Figueres, is based on another catastrophic study with the dubious distinction of having a data endpoint of 2014 (despite satellite records going well into 2017) and using tidal gauges for pre-1980 data.
Essentially, the new study warns of a troubling rise in sea levels and blames a melting Greenland as the culprit despite the land mass showing record ice growth during 2016 and 2017.
Because the study ends with the year 2014, it showed an uptick in sea level rise before returning to normal. They also concluded the "satellite data had exaggerated the rate of sea level rise in the 1990s,” so they 'corrected' it. Now their study showed a dramatic uptick.
Another comprehensive study published last April by the University of Colorado wrote this about global mean sea level (GMSL):
"Among the major unanswered questions is why GMSL acceleration has not yet been detected in the altimeter record, given the increasing rates of which glacial and ice sheet melt are estimated to have occurred and as greenhouse gas concentrations have risen."
The study's authors add that the "rate of sea level rise over recent years has been less than the long-term average." That means sea level rise has actually been slowing down.
What's more troubling is the degree to which "experts" publish recommendations in a science journal aligned precisely with Obama-era executive orders and actions.
When scientists advocate for public policy, the public doesn't trust them. Especially when they're promoting liberal, progressive policies that aren't in keeping with our capitalist society.
Figueres said the "world has a long way to go in transitioning off of fossil fuels." In favor of unreliable and unstable wind farms and solar energy, she means.
They recommend policy positions for the public, private, and government sectors. Figueres wants the U.N. in every piece of the global warming pie. And she's come up with a price tag: $1.3 trillion a year. Simple math explains the global warming scheme and why Mr. Trump formally withdrew from the global Paris agreement.
The authors said, "leaders are set to gather at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7-8 to highlight 2020 as a make-or-break point for taking action."
If we had stayed in the climate accord, environmentalists and overseas entities could sue the U.S. government if they believed Mr. Trump wasn't making enough progress.
CO2 levels have been rising for decades, but global emissions from man-made sources have leveled off in the past two years. That's about the time then-candidate Donald Trump entered the election and touted the benefits of natural gas and clean coal.
As president, he has been keeping his campaign promises on fracking, natural gas, and coal, and handing out more leases to explore for energy on federal lands.
They tell us global warming dogma shouldn't be questioned. To alarmists, it's like asking whether the Earth revolves around the Sun. If people start to think man-made global warming is still theoretical, not catastrophic, and up for debate, the scheme crumbles.
And that is something Figueres doesn't want you to hear.
Thomas Richard is a freelance writer living outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He's also the managing editor of the site Climate Change Dispatch.