Cancun’s Climate Crock
By Brian Sussman
It began with a prayer to the Mayan moon goddess, and it has quickly devolved into a junk science circus.
Delegates to the United Nation’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun, Mexico were greeted by the Convention’s Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, who prayed to the goddess Ixchel.
Like with carnies hawking tickets to a sideshow, the predictions made at this year’s U.N. climate conference were more outrageous than ever. They included:
* Temperatures climbing 6.4o Celsius (11.4o Fahrenheit) after 2050. * Sea levels rising two meters by the end of the century. * The islands nations of Maldives and Tuvalu soon to be inundated by rising waters. * Developed countries must immediately implement energy rationing systems to mandate the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, thus reducing the imminent threats imposed by global warming. * By continuing on our current emissions path, climate change will double grain prices by 2050 and leave millions of children malnourished.
The assertions are a crock. For example, since 1850 – the beginning of the Industrial Revolution – the earth’s average surface temperature has risen only 0.7 degrees Celsius (just a bit more than one degree Fahrenheit). Point-seven degrees Celsius in 160 years – that’s all the warming planet earth has experienced, and this minuscule temperature increase coincided with the proliferation of the train, car, truck, and even the lawnmower and leaf blower. Oh, and here’s a pill that’s tough for the global whiners to swallow: the bulk of this warming occurred before 1940.
The Enviro-Looters of the UN aren’t ready yet to seek another pretext for looting.