345. NO WARMING SINCE 1998
Continuing my tangent on global warming, I loved the disconnect between the following items.
First up, we have Ted Turner pouring on the bullshit on the Charlie Rose show:
Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll have eight degrees -- we'll be eight degrees hotter in 10 -- not 10, but in 30 or 40 years. And basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died, and the rest of us will be cannibals.This is precisely the sort of non-quantitative, asinine alarmism that makes global warming the cult it is. The overall impression, from my perspective, is that Ted Turner is just another irrelevant old fart -- like Deffeyes and Lovelock -- making a last ditch grab for the headlines by making catastrophic predictions.
Civilization will have broken down. The few people left will be living in a failed state like Somalia or Sudan, and living conditions will be intolerable.
The droughts will be so bad, there will be no more corn growing. It will -- not doing it is suicide.(Sources: text and video)
Nice try Ted, but let's compare your senile drivel with the quantitative realities:
1) "Yet Kyoto matters little for the climate. Even if all countries had ratified it (the United States and Australia did not), and all countries lived up to their commitments (which many will have a hard time doing) and stuck to them throughout the 21st century (which would get ever harder), the change would have been miniscule. The temperature by 2050 would be an immeasurable 0.1°F lower and even by 2100 only 0.3°F lower. This means that the expected temperature increase of 4.7°F would be postponed just five years, from 2100 to 2105." (Source: Cool Itby Bjorn Lomborg P. 22, citing Wigley, T.M.L. (1998). The Kyoto Protocol: CO2, CH4 and Climate Implications. Geophysical Research Letters, 25(13), 2285-2288.)
2) The UN itself concedes that global temperatures haven't risen at all in the last 10 years.