We have had quick and dirty proofs
that climate change was not occurring. We have had point by point refutations of climate change citing peer-reviewed studies.
We have had revelations of the wonky, poorly designed software
that the climate scientists were using. The Met Office has said that temperatures have not increased
during the past 15 years, though CO2 has. Now we have
one of the IPCC lead scientists quitting because "The climate catastrophe is not occurring" and deciding to write the book on all the bad science writing that supported this bad conclusion.Today, I want new scientific findings to be included in the climate debate. It would then become clear that the simple equation that CO2 and other man-made greenhouse gases are almost exclusively responsible for climate change is unsustainable. It hasn't gotten any warmer on this planet in almost 14 years, despite continued increases in CO2 emissions. Established climate science has to come up with an answer to that.
The fear mongers are still shaping the political debate. According to the German Advisory Council on Global Change, environmentally minded countries should forcibly bring about reduced consumption for the sake of protecting the climate. This takes us in the direction of an environmental dictatorship. And the fearmongering is also beginning to take effect. When I was in a restaurant recently, I overheard a woman at the next table telling her children that it's wrong to eat an Argentine steak -- because of the climate. That's when I ask myself: How could we have come to this point?
We get here because there are people who have decided that the remedy to any problem is to give them more power. This was just a hobby horse, not science. They will come up with another problem soon, and declare that the only solution to that problem is to give them more power.