This week New York City, and several other international venues, are cleaning up the trash left by the “People’s Climate March” protests. The march was intended to amplify climate issues ahead of United Nations policy planning and next-years Paris attempts to get global government climate control agreements. Global warming campaigners gathered by the thousands in mob grievance to once again convince the U.N., and the world, that climate change is an existential threat, and that climate should be the top priority for government action – taking priority over economic prosperity and global terrorism according to some prominent progressives. Predictably, this ritual of partisan-progressive public protests included only diversities in appearance of communist, Islamic, socialist and radical elites for media demonstrations and tactical local disruptive insurgents in the “war on carbon.” Sadly, the war on carbon is ultimately a “war on prosperity.”
Climate celebrity warmists, debate deniers in progressive government agencies and the thousands of nonprofit and global NGO eco-propagandists are biased by incomplete 20th -century atmospheric science, partisan impulses and pop-cultural demands for a pubic “green identity.”
Today, the realities of climate science are much more complicated and uncertain. The impacts and predictability of manmade carbon emissions on climate are far from settled. And, the computer models used as bases for costly government climate control policies are “more art than science” according to Pres. Obama’s first-term U.S. Energy Department undersecretary Steven Koonin, Ph.D. Koonin is currently Director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. (Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19, 2014)
Koonin concedes that the climate has always exhibited long term changes, and that increasing persistent, manmade carbon emissions can influence climate changes. The much harder and unsettled questions are: 1) the measurable extent to which man’s climate carbon influences can be accurately predicted, and 2) whether any such negative climate carbon impacts can or should be avoided and/or mitigated.
Importantly, Koonin says that the climate impact today of human activities appears to be comparable to the intrinsic, natural variability of the global climate system itself. Separating man’s carbon share of climate change influences from long-term observed natural dynamic climate behavior is beyond today’s legitimate discovery and proof under public provisions of the “scientific method.”