Beware of 'Global Boiling'

Peter Smith03 Aug, 2023 4 Min Read
You guessed it: we're all gonna die.

In a recent Pipeline piece, Steven Hayward referred to an article being pulled from the European Physical Journal Plus. The authors of the article in question have the temerity to claim that there is no evidence of extreme weather events becoming more frequent or intense. It’s no surprise that this article is marked for burial. It upends the established narrative and puts at risk the reputations and fortunes of the high priests of “climate change.”

You have to give it to those who now run the climate scam. They know how to quash dissident views and without resort to the crude methods of the Inquisition. They smother them. Take them off the airwaves. Cancel the perpetrators. And they certainly don’t fall into the trap of giving dissident views exposure by debating them. Mostly those cancelled, even those of prominence, make only an ephemeral impression on public consciousness; that is, if they make any impression at all.

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

Nobel Prize winner John Clauser recently featured on Murdoch-owned Sky News Australia. He had just been deplatformed by the International Monetary Fund for having heretical views on “climate change.” Hence he became very briefly newsworthy. But, note, not on the taxpayer-funded public broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). It covered him in October 2022 when, jointly with two others, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on quantum theory. Covering his deplatforming by the IMF would entail at least mentioning why. Namely, that a scientist of renown did not believe we had a "climate crisis." That simply wouldn’t do.

The ABC, a conservative-free zone, is expert on never allowing dissenting views to be even glimpsed above the parapet. However, that is not my larger point, which is that Dr. Clauser’s climate views have already passed out of sight, even on conservative news media. We will continue to hear about Greta Thunberg every time she sits in the road blocking traffic. And about the vainglorious virtue signaling of Hollywood celebrities. Nor has the U.N. chief António Guterres nearly exhausted his hysterical headline-grabbing repertoire. You might think he will be unable to outdo his latest absurdity, “global boiling.” Think again, flights of fancy are not limited by scruples or truth. Then, of course, we have the IPCC, Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum, woke corporates, renewable-energy rent seekers, and compromised governments; all endlessly spewing agitprop.

Clauser has built a model to compete with IPCC models; summarised in an announcement of his becoming a director of the CO2 Coalition, chaired by William Happer. While I have almost zero faith in any modelling of complex reality, Clauser’s modelling is worth a second look. It shows that cumulus clouds act as a thermostat keeping the earth’s temperature within tolerable bounds. When it warms, water evaporates from the oceans forming clouds which reflect back 90 percent of the sun’s rays. Clauser finds that this effect dwarfs by “two orders of magnitude” the “radiative forcing” effect of increases in CO2 in the atmosphere. Thus he finds the role of CO2 in increasing the temperature to be to negligible. To completely understate the case, that’s an important result. If true, it overturns the whole global warming, or is it global boiling, paradigm.

The popular narrative about climate change reflects a dangerous corruption of science that threatens the world’s economy and the well-being of billions of people. Misguided climate science has metastasized into massive shock-journalistic pseudoscience… In my opinion there is no real climate crisis.

They may look like clouds, but they're really heat shields.

Imagine the distress Clauser causes. The very last thing those running the climate scam want to hear is that the world is not going to end in ten years. Now, that would be an existential disaster -- for them. Put yourself in their position, they have no option but to suppress and cancel.

I’m not sure how the good news – specifically, that we’re not in a "climate crisis" – can be kept in the news. It’s not nearly as sellable as imminent catastrophe. At the same, in order to sell an imminent catastrophe, when there clearly isn’t one, things have to be made up and hyped: "July was the hottest month for 120,000 years." Thus global warming becomes climate change, becomes a climate emergency or crisis, an imminent existential threat, and now global boiling"

It seems inevitable. Outlandish climate hype is so absolutely divorced from reality that it will soon become a figure of fun. Except perhaps in The Washington Post, which on the term global boiling, avers that “scientists are divided on its use, with some pointing out that it is not a scientific term, even as others say it could be relevant.” In the meantime, while the Post wrestles with the scientificity of "global boiling," let’s do our best to ensure that the paradigm-overturning results of Clauser’s modelling "do not go gentle into that goodnight,"

After a career in economics, banking and payment-systems management, Peter Smith now blogs on the topics of the day. He writes for Quadrant, Australia’s leading conservative online site and magazine. He has written Bad Economics, of which, he notes, there is much.


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