John Fund writes that the global warming consensus--that the science is settled--has been slowly crumbling the last several years. The result is that Naomi Klein, one of its most ardent supporters, is calling for developed nations to pay billions, or even trillions, of dollars in compensation to third world countries, even if those nations simply have to print the money. Fund observes:
One reason the rhetoric has become so overheated is that the climate-change activists increasingly lack a scientific basis for their most exaggerated claims. As physicist Gordon Fulks of the Cascade Policy Institute puts it: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea-ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.” He points out that there has been no net new global-warming increase since 1997 even though the human contribution to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen by 25 percent since then. This throws into doubt all the climate models that have been predicting massive climate dislocation.Fund notes that Steven Koonin, the undersecretary for science in the Energy Department during President Obama’s first term, wrote in an op-ed this weekend that because of the differences between the predictions of the climate models and observable results, there is no consensus at any meaningful level. Roy Spencer, a former senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, thinks that scientific opinion has reached a tipping point--and its tipping against those who believe in man-made global warming.
Maybe that’s why the climate-change extremists are basing fewer of their appeals on fact and more on hysteria. You scream the loudest when the opposition is about to tip over on you and pin you down.Update (9/22/2014): If you doubt that global warming fanatics have become unhinged, then you should read this article memorializing Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s comments that those that question man-made global warming should be jailed, and that the Koch brothers are traitors that should be treated like war criminals.