By Ernest Stewart
“If you listen to the hysterics, you would think that the Statue of Liberty will shortly be under water and the polar bears are all drowning, and that we’re dying from pollution. It’s absolutely and utterly untrue.” ~~~ Rand Paul
Perhaps you’ve noticed over this last year, global warming deniers have been spouting phony facts and figures, saying global warming has been on a “hiatus” for the last few years. What that means is the enemy is now grasping at straws to let the polluters off the hook! The deniers are beginning to feel as Tom Lehrer said in “Send The Marines “Like a Christian scientist with appendicitis,” not a good feeling, indeed! These deniers come from two different camps. Those who know better and aren’t really deniers, but are being paid by the polluters to be deniers. The other group is Fox News viewers who are far too stupid to take the time for a little research, and like others to do the thinking for them, so they don’t have to do it for themselves! As Simon and Garfunkel explained in “The Boxer,” “Still a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest!”
In the journal Climate Change journalists, Bala Rajaratnam, Joseph Romano, Michael Tsiang, Noah S. Diffenbaugh make it perfectly clear that the so called hiatus is pure bull sh*t! Here’s a brief synopsis…
The reported “hiatus” in the warming of the global climate system during this century has been the subject of intense scientific and public debate, with implications ranging from scientific understanding of the global climate sensitivity to the rate in which greenhouse gas emissions would need to be curbed in order to meet the United Nations global warming target. A number of scientific hypotheses have been put forward to explain the hiatus, including both physical climate processes and data artifacts. However, despite the intense focus on the hiatus in both the scientific and public arenas, rigorous statistical assessment of the uniqueness of the recent temperature time-series within the context of the long-term record has been limited. We apply a rigorous, comprehensive statistical analysis of global temperature data that goes beyond simple linear models to account for temporal dependence and selection effects. We use this framework to test whether the recent period has demonstrated i) a hiatus in the trend in global temperatures, ii) a temperature trend that is statistically distinct from trends prior to the hiatus period, iii) a “stalling” of the global mean temperature, and iv) a change in the distribution of the year-to-year temperature increases. We find compelling evidence that recent claims of a “hiatus” in global warming lack sound scientific basis. Our analysis reveals that there is no hiatus in the increase in the global mean temperature, no statistically significant difference in trends, no stalling of the global mean temperature, and no change in year-to-year temperature increases.
Yes the “hiatus” is just another version of the Big Lie, something the Rethuglicans have been using for years to get reelected — because the Sheeple will believe anything once it’s drilled into their tiny little heads. As old Joseph Goebbels made clear:
“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
He then went on to explain:
“The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”
And Joseph should know as he was Hitler’s spokes-weasel and head of propaganda. Like Obama’s spokes-weasel, James “Jay” Carney’s reassurance that Barry’s Trans-Pacific Partnership won’t steal millions of American jobs like NAFTA did. They know it’s a lie; but after a while, the Sheeple start to believe it, and defend it even in the unemployment line when their jobs go to a worker in Vietnam who’ll be happy to work for 10% of what they made. The only difference between the two lies is climate denial will someday get all of us killed!