To the editor:
On the 26 of November, yet another United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) sponsored meeting, in Doha, Qatar begins. Despite there being no statistically significant warming for the past 13 years; despite Arctic sea ice “melting” being no different from conditions in the Arctic in the early 19th century, and the Antarctic ice cap increases, the customary scary tales will be retold. Familiar themes will be repeated with even greater volume. However, a slowly awakening and increasingly skeptical population is challenging the unproven orthodoxy that all things climatic are attributable to humans and the demon CO2.
Although climate science is often referred to as settled, it is not. The uncertainty which attends many “warming” assertions are becoming too numerous and self-evident. Has the world warmed? The ordinary person realizes that if this were not obvious, much of our island would be under ice from the Ice Age. Did humans cause the warming which ended the ice age? Obviously not. What did? Darned if I know and the same is true of the scientists.
Herein lies the essence of the over-hyped climate concern. No one knows. Certainly hypotheses and theories abound and are promoted by scientists from very prestigious organizations. But then, so was the Piltdown Man which was exposed as a hoax, not by invested scientists but by “un-credentialed” skeptics, from outside the paleontology community. Beginning to sound familiar?
Back to the UNFCC and Doha. This is a UN sponsored event, the same UN which has all but abandoned its chartered mission of promoting peace and resolving international conflicts. How much more intriguing and noble it is to save the entire planet from something else. Everyone can witness when war erupts and ends. Hitching your wagon to something which few understand and extends beyond your lifetime is better.
These meetings began in 1995 with 757 attendees representing 170 countries. The Doha meeting will attract 10,591 representatives from 194 countries plus 13,500 attendees from 937 non-governmental organizations. The smell of money has this affect. Consider this from Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chair, UN/IPCC: “One must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy. One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore.” In fewer words, it’s about money, who pays and how much.
So when you read that these meetings look for U.S. “leadership,” what they really want is money and control. It helps if you can, with a complicit, uncritical media, scare the daylights out of everyone in the process. Don’t buy the story that immediate action is needed.
Joseph A. Matais