NCA purports to be a serious and sober scientific analysis of the nation's climate and what can be expected, given that serious and sober scientific analysis. Its findings are so stark and serious that President Obama and his minions have been telling anyone who is willing to listen that all sorts of climate misfortune will strike the U.S. unless politicians act immediately to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and halt the use of fossil fuels.
The Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute demurs, asserting that NCA findings about so-called "climate change" are based on faulty (shall it be called "junk"?) science. To wit:
- NCA conflates "climate" and "climate change": Extreme weather events--things like tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and winter freezes--are not unusual and are a natural part of the climate. Yet, NCA suggests that these events are due to carbon dioxide emissions. The problem: Serious and sober scientific analysis demonstrates little scientific understanding about the impact of human-caused climate change on weather events. (Notice any correlation: Global warming and caricaturists?)
- Greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. have a minimal effect on Earth's climate: Serious and sober scientific research demonstrates that eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions from the U.S. forever would impact warming by less than 2/10ths of 1 degree (that's 0.02) by 2100. All of that at an astronomical cost to the U.S. economy. (Notice any correlation: Global warming and Marxist economic theory?)
- Evidence increasingly indicates that climate change will be smaller than previously predicted: Serious and sober scientific indicates that future climate change will not be as significant the forecasts issued by NCA and the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (Notice any correlation: Global warming and increased global governance?)
- NCA ignores the ability of science and technology to respond to future climate challenges: NCA states that more extreme heat events will occur. In turn, NCA states these will cause a greater number of heat-related illnesses and deaths. However, serious and sober scientific research demonstrates that the population is adapting to extreme heat--becoming less and less sensitive, with fewer Americans dying during heat waves--as science and technology have developed better forecasting and warning systems. Plus: Access to air conditioning has increased. (Notice any correlation: Global warming and increased electric costs?)
Those who worship at the altar of environmentalism--including the stormy petrils like President Obama and his minions as well as his willing collaborators in the mainstream media--never mention what serious and sober scientific analysis reveals. Instead, they continuously spew their ideological talking points using the NCA as a tool to further their political ends.
So much for science...this is about junk science.
Let the discussion begin...
To read the assessment by the Center for the Study of Science analysis of the NCA, click on the following link:
"National Climate Assessment Report Raises False Alarm."