Obama Sees Climate Disasters That Scientists Can’t

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Bolt New 01By Andrew Bolt ~

Barack Obama in his State of the Union address yesterday ignored the 16-year warming pause and beat up the global warming scare, using weather to argue the climate had changed for the worse:

“Now, it’s true that no single event makes a trend. But the fact is, the 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15. Heat waves, droughts, wildfires and floods, all are now more frequent and more intense,” the president said.

They are? Not true of floods, for instance, says Professor Roger Pielke Jr:

In no US region is there strong statistical evidence for flood magnitudes increasing with increasing CO2.

The latest draft report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says there is no known increase in floods worldwide, either:

There continues to be a lack of evidence regarding the sign of trend in the magnitude and/or frequency of floods on a global scale… Observations to date provide no conclusive and general proof as to how climate change affects flood behaviour.

What of droughts, then? Here’s what the IPCC says about droughts in the United States – and, again, it’s not at all what Obama claimed:

…in some regions [of the world] droughts have become less frequent, less intense, or shorter, for example, central North America

The IPCC, consulting the damage bill from climate related disasters, sees no increase caused by climate change:

There is medium evidence and high agreement that long-term trends in normalized losses have not been attributed to natural or anthropogenic climate change

There have been no increase in climate-related disasters generally, at least not in Australia:

Professor John McAneney, the director of Risk Frontiers, an independent research group funded mostly by the insurance industry, said that based on a database of natural hazard events in Australia, including some dating from 1803, “there has been no increase in the frequency of natural hazard events since 1950″…

“When this data set, and many other data sets in different jurisdictions across the world and for many different perils, is corrected for the increases in numbers of buildings at risk and their value, no long-term trend remains,” Professor McAneney said. ‘’It is indisputable that the rising toll of natural disasters is due to more people and assets at risk.”

Or let’s take the weather event most exploited over the past months by the president and his allies – Tropical Storm Sandy.

Pielke compares the normalised losses created by Sandy to that caused by previous storms and cyclones and discovers nothing unusual:

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There’s been no increase in cyclones in Australia, either, says our Bureau of Meteorology:

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Obama is wrong about increasing climate disasters and wrong even to say the world has been warming lately:

Late last year, the British Met Office released data showing no statistically significant warming for 16 years. Another data set from the Remote Sensing Systems Microwave Sounding Units even shows a slight cooling since 1997 though, again, it’s not statistically significant…

The IPCC insists that some jiggling of the temperature data it uses means “all products now show a warming trend since 1998” but it still concedes—and this is the important bit—“none of these are statistically significant”.

None. Other prominent scientists are more upfront.

“The data confirms the existence of a ‘pause’ in the warming,” confirms Professor Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Why do so many warmist politicians lie about global warming? Why are they in denial about the science?

UPDATE

One of Australia’s most mendacious politicians, in charge of the most mendacious public policy in our history, is Climate Change Minister Greg Combet.

Yet he has the hide to today call Tony Abbott “deceitful” and “Australia’s biggest bullshit artist”.

If Abbott used such a term the commentariat would be in uproar. Yet watch Combet be forgiven the most cheap and personal abuse, using language you wouldn’t repeat before children.

Combet is a disgrace and lowers the standards of parliament.

The truest “bullshit artist” is the man blowing billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money on futile attempts to “stop” a global warming that actually paused 16 years ago, while committing us to a carbon trading system that is developing a massive black hole. He is a man falsely claiming we’re not ahead of the world and that climate catastrophes are increasing.

Combet will go down in history as a man who, given power, tried to convince Australia of a catastrophic warming that was bogus, and peddled multi-billion-dollar plans that were pure snake oil. The Elmer Gantry of Australian politics, spitting venom as his great scam collapsed. Wind towers around the country will stand as monuments to his colossal folly.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts Channel 10’s The Bolt Report each Sunday at 10am. He is also heard from Monday to Friday at 8am on the breakfast show of radio station MTR 1377, and his book  Still Not Sorry remains very widely read.

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