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UN Press Conference – Dec. 11, 2014 – 1400-1430
LIMA, Peru — The United Nations hosted a group of climate skeptics during the Lima global warming summit on Thursday December 11, 2014. Skeptics from Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT) and a NASA Apollo 7 Astronaut denounced the UN climate claims and the goals of the summit.
Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham rejected the UN climate view and the entire basis for a climate treaty. Climate Depot’s Marc Morano congratulated the UN summit for finally getting a willing U.S. to sign onto its meaningless and dangerous climate treaties.
“CO2 is not a pollutant! Earth’s climate history indicates CO2 is not a major factor in climate change. The UN has twisted science in order to enrich itself and inflates its own importance,” Cunningham said at the UN meeting. Cunningham made news earlier this week when he protested the UN climate claims. See: Watch: Apollo 7 Astronaut Walt Cunningham paraglides off a cliff in Peru to protest ‘sorry’ state of UN climate science
Cunningham added that he believes climate alarmism is the “one of the biggest frauds in the field of science.”
“There is no reason to be concerned about today’s temperature or temperature trend. Human produced CO2 plays a miniscule role in global temperatures and there is no reason to believe today’s CO2 and temperature levels are ideal,” he added.
“Humans cannot have any significant influence on the Earth’s temperature,” Cunningham explained.
Cunningham was one of the signatories of a letter signed by 50 former NASA astronauts and engineers.
See: 50 Top NASA Astronauts, Scientists, Engineers Sign Letter Ripping ‘NASA’s advocacy of an extreme [climate] position…warn of ‘damage” to reputation of NASA…..even the reputation of science itself’
Craig Rucker, Executive Director CFACT: “It is mind boggling that as the world rushes towards adopting a climate agreement, the alleged scientific ‘consensus’ behind global warming is being blown apart. With Antarctic sea ice at record high numbers, polar bears thriving and no global warming for 18 years 2 months, you would think there would be a need to pause and reconsider the evidence for a climate catastrophe.”
Climate Depot publisher Marc Morano, former senior staff of the U.S. Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, congratulated the UN for having a committed U.S. on board.
Morano: “I congratulate the UN for finally bringing a willing U.S. to the table to sign a new UN climate treaty. A lame duck President Obama and his Sec. of State, John Kerry, are desperately seeking a climate change legacy and will pretty much sign any paper that is put in front of them next year at the Paris UN meeting. You can feel the air of optimism permeating the conference here in Lima.
For first time since 1990s, the U.S. is absolutely committed to signing a treaty. The UN climate process is facing a U.S. willing and committed to sign a new agreement – at all costs and pretty much regardless of details.
Make no mistake, come hell or high water, the U.S. will be signing a UN agreement next year in Paris. It is virtually preordained.
The international community is very excited about President Obama’s agreement with China and his EPA climate regulations. In 2014, the U.S. has become a virtual golden child to the UN process.
Of course, whether the U.S. stays the course on climate depends on next U.S. elections in 2016.
It is possible that climate skeptics have won virtually every battle of the ‘climate war’ (Kyoto, cap-and-trade, carbon taxes, etc.) But we may lose the war. Once EPA regulations become codified into law, even a future Republican president may be hesitant to repeal for fear of being against the environment.
If Obama succeeds in getting new Paris UN deal ‘ratified’ under old 1992 treaty, it would be further solidification of the climate agenda in U.S.
Whether you like him or not, Obama is transforming America in potentially permanent ways. Climate regulations may become a fixture in America given Obama’s activism and the Republican Party’s general weakness on this issue.”
Morano on UN climate process: ‘This is a political pressure campaign. The UN climate process will do nothing for climate change and it is completely designed to enrich the UN. This is a self-interested UN trying to get more money and more power for itself. Nothing will be accomplished for the climate — this is all about empowering UN bureaucracy.’
Morano on China: ‘China has just become the world’s number one economic power. China is building on average one coal plant a week. While the U.S. is shutting our coal plants down and preventing future ones. It tells you a little bit about how vital energy is to economic growth. China has essentially pledged nothing.’
Morano on Climate Science: “The science behind the claims of man-made global warming continue to wackier and wackier.
If we believe this study, then if future temps continue to flatline or even cool, global warming activists can claim climate policy is responsible. Some of them are already doing this!
Recently, a UK energy minister claimed the global warming temperature ‘pause’ (over 18 years according to satellite data) may have been caused by government’s climate policies (despite the continued rise in global CO2 emissions). See: It’s Official — Temperature ‘Pause’ Caused By Climate Policies?! Medieval witchcraft lives! UK Energy Minister: Government policies ‘may have slowed down global warming’]
We have the climate establishment warning in ominous tones about how 2014 may be the ‘hottest year on record.’ Oh my! It sounds so chilling until you realize that they are claiming differences of quite literally hundredths of a degree Celsius between years based on surface temperature data. Hyping tiny unmeasurable temperature changes that are within the margin of error, is a fancy way of saying that the global warming ‘standstill’ or ‘pause’ continues!
Meanwhile, according to satellite data, 2014 will be nowhere near the ‘hottest’ on record. It is ironic that the satellites temperature monitoring stystme was set up by NASA in order get more accurate readings than surface data. See: Flashback: 1990 NASA Report: ‘Satellite analysis of upper atmosphere is more accurate, & should be adopted as the standard way to monitor temp change.’
We have the New York Times using record cold and snow as ‘proof’ of man-made global warming. See: NYT blames ‘freakish cold snap’; ‘record low temps’ & ‘houses engulfed’ by 7 feet of snow on — global warming!
For even wackier times, we have the German government urging citizens to have sex in the dark in order to battle global warming. See: Germany’s Environment Minister Calls On Citizens To Turn Off Lights During Sex – To Protect Climate!
Not to be outdone, the Japanese government is telling its citizens to go to bed an hour early to fight ‘climate change.’ See: Japanese environmental ministry urges citizens to go to bed one hour earlier to help tackle climate change
New paper finds global sea levels rising less than 7 inches per century: ‘Sea level rise decelerated over 20th century…decelerated since 2005, & there is no evidence of any human influence on sea levels’ – ‘A recent paper reviewed by CO2 Science (from Journal of Geodesy) finds sea levels have risen over the past 9 years [2002-2011] at a rate of only 1.7 mm/yr, equivalent to 6.7 inches per century. The paper corroborates the NOAA 2012 Sea Level Budget which finds sea levels have risen at only 1.1-1.3 mm/yr over the past 7 years from 2005-2012 [less than 5 inches/century], and the paper of Chambers et al finding “sea level has been rising on average by 1.7 mm/year over the last 110 years.” Contrary to activist claims, sea level rise decelerated over the 20th century, has also decelerated since 2005, and there is no evidence of any human influence on sea levels. Concomitantly, the air’s CO2 concentration has risen by close to a third. And, still, it has not impacted the rate-of-rise of global sea level!’
The sea level rise over the past ~200 years shows no evidence of acceleration, which is necessary to assume a man-made influence. Sea level rise instead decelerated over the 20th century, decelerated 31% since 2002 and decelerated 44% since 2004 to less than 7 inches per century. There is no evidence of an acceleration of sea level rise, and therefore no evidence of any man-made effect on sea levels. Sea level rise is primarily a local phenomenon related to land subsidence, not CO2 levels. Therefore, areas with groundwater depletion and land subsidence have much higher rates of relative sea level rise, but this has absolutely nothing to do with man-made CO2.
There are at least 66 excuses to explain the global warming ‘pause’
‘The hiatus period of 18 years 2 months, or 218 months, is the farthest back one can go in the RSS (Remote Sensing Systems) satellite temperature record and still show a sub-zero trend.’
It’s Official – There are now 66 excuses for Temp ‘pause’ – Updated list of 66 excuses for the 18-26 year ‘pause’ in global warming – & Climatologist Dr. Roy Spencer: ‘Why 2014 Won’t Be the Warmest Year on Record’ (based on surface data)– ‘We are arguing over the significance of hundredths of a degree’
‘As a result of data and computational uncertainty, none of the surface compilations will 2014 be statistically different from 2010’
‘The three major groups calculating the average surface temperature of the earth (land and ocean combined) all are currently indicating that 2014 will likely nudge out 2010 (by a couple hundredths of a degree Celsius) to become the warmest year in each dataset (which begin in mid-to-late 1800s).’
‘The two satellite datasets ‘show that 2014 is nowhere near the warmest (in data which starts in 1979), trailing 1998 by several tenths of a degree Celsius. This difference is so great that it statistically clear that 2014 will not be a record year…The super El Niño of 1998 set a high temperature mark that will likely stand for many years to come, or at least until another huge El Niño occurs.’
‘If you want 2014 to be the “warmest year ever recorded” you can find data to back you up, and if you prefer it not be, well, you can find data to back up that position as well. In all cases, the former will make headlines.’