There is a 38% chance that 2014 was the hottest year on record … by two-100ths of a degree.
Nevertheless, The New York Times announced that 2014 had been “hottest year” in “recorded history” and one warmist blogger screamed that the previous heat record had been “shattered.”
Cue apocalyptic sound track. Or not.
On May 25, 2015, MIT Professor emeritus Richard Lindzen explained the absurdity of alarmist claims about global temperatures.
“Seventy percent of the earth is oceans, we can’t measure those temperatures very well. They can be off a half a degree, a quarter of a degree. Even two-10ths of a degree of change would be tiny but two-100ths is ludicrous.”
Whenever Lindzen debunks the latest climate alarmist claim, he gets mail and phone calls accusing him of being a sociopathic shill for the energy industry. He explains how absurd it is that anyone thinks climate deniers are the ones being paid off.
“You have all these people, the Gores and so on, making hundreds of millions of dollars on this [climate alarmism], Exxon Mobil giving $100 million to Stanford for people who are working on promoting this hysteria.”
In his opinion, the climate alarmists behave like cultists.
“As with any cult, once the mythology of the cult begins falling apart, instead of saying, oh, we were wrong, they get more and more fanatical.”
Plus, their claims to being on the side of “science” is absurd. Until recently, periods of greater warmth were referred to as “climate optimum.” Optimum is derived from a Latin word meaning “best.”
“Nobody ever questioned that those were the good periods. All of a sudden you were able to inculcate people with the notion that you have to be afraid of warmth.”
He also points out that it is the global climate policies the alarmists are pushing that are anti-human, because they seek to reduce the standard of living for all but the wealthy elite. These policies are particularly harsh for undeveloped nations where most of the population lives in dire poverty.
“Anything you do to impoverish people, and certainly all the planned policies will impoverish people, is actually costing lives. But the environmental movement has never cared about that.”