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Facts -vs- The Illusion

Editorial by Barry Piacenza

Climate Change Economics LLC - July 7, 2011


It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. 1

We live in a time when facts are being eclipsed by illusions allegedly being purported by moneyed special interests. No one is looking at climate change from a Peter Drucker standpoint “What is my Business”. If we had adventuresome businesspeople that would be willing to see the future and capitalize on that future, we would have a fruitful climate policy. Alleged lying in light of facts is unacceptable behavior. See this article in Rolling Stone magazine by former Vice President Al Gore.

What the evidence shows is that we are seeing a coordinated effort to create doubt regarding climate change what we are seeing is even that executives who have been willing to work within the framework of creating climate change policy have themselves been targeted. These strategies and tactics have been well documented in the book- The Climate War, True Believers, Powerbrokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley, Published by Hyperion, 2010. As Mr.Pooley shows in 1991 the group known as the Information Council on the Environment (ICE) whose goal was to" reposition global warming as a theory (not fact)" by targeting" older, less – educated males" and" younger, lower income women" in congressional districts their get their electricity from coal. With a mix of paid advertising (" How much are you willing to pay to solve a problem that may not exist?") and paid scientists, ICE was one of the groups that helped assure that Bush agreed only to voluntary steps at Rio. The treaty signed there called on countries to return emissions to 1990 levels by 2000. Since voluntary reductions tend not to happen, when 2000 came around, US emissions were 14 percent higher than in 1990.2

Within the last month, we saw the UN Climate Change Conference June 2011in Bonn Germany make only slight incremental gains regarding a continuation of the Kyoto Accords. The United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its yearly – State of the Climate 2010, which shows CO2 levels continuing to rise in the atmosphere, shows global surface temperatures continue to rise; and Greenland's ice sheet lost more mass in 2010 than at any time in the past ten years. Atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations continued to rise and ozone depleting substances continued to decrease. Carbon dioxide increased by 2.60 ppm in 2010, a rate above both the 2009 and the 1980–2010 average rates. The global ocean carbon dioxide uptake for the 2009 transition period from La Niña to El Niño conditions, the most recent period for which analyzed data are available, is estimated to be similar to the long-term average. The 2010 Antarctic ozone hole was among the lowest 20% compared with other years since 1990, a result of warmer-than-average temperatures in the Antarctic stratosphere during austral winter between mid-July and early September A summary PowerPoint slideshow with the data accompanies this editorial click here. The alleged failure of the conference mentioned earlier in Bonn, Germany follows a string of failures, global leadership needs to come forward.

Satellites have already shown that the extent of sea ice in the Arctic is diminishing. In fact, spring 2011 is the third lowest extent recorded by satellite.

In order to build a broader description of the cli¬mate system, this report (State of the Climate in 2010, Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 92, No. 6, June 2011) aims each year to increase the number of represented Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), as defined and maintained by the climate observing community through the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS 2003; Fig. 1.1). To that end, new editors representing expertise in two broad disciplines (terrestrial processes and atmospheric composition) were added to the panel serving Chapter 2.

The split of facts and policy continues in a more severe state. At some point in the near future, the facts are going to win out because of a planetary climatic event. At which time the facts will be clear and the solutions too late.





We have also included the following documents on the Home Page Drop-Down Menu; Under Resources; State of the Climate 2010
  • NOAA's State of the Climate 2010 Highlights
  • NOAA's State of the Climate 2010 hi-rez
  • NOAA's State of the Climate 2010 briefing slides
Barry


1”Upton St Clair” in the Movie - An Inconvenient Truth, 2006

2The Climate War - True Believers, Powerbrokers, and the Fight to Save the Earth by Eric Pooley, Hyperion, New York 2010, pg. 41

3State of the Climate in 2010, Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 92, No. 6, June 2011, J. Blunden, D. S. Arndt, and M. O. Baringer, Eds. Associate Eds. K. M. Willett, A. J. Dolman, B. D. Hall, P. W. Thorne, J. M. Levy, H. J. Diamond,J. Richter-Menge, M. Jeffries, R. L. Fogt, L. A. Vincent, and J. M. Renwick

4State of the Climate Thomas R. Karl, L.H.D., Director, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Global Change Research Peter Thorne, PhD, Senior Scientist, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-North Carolina and Associate Research Professor, North Carolina State University Deke Arndt, Chief, Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center Walt Meier, PhD, Research Scientist, National Snow and Ice Data Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. USA NOAA and Department of Commerce 2010-2011.

5New ice thickness map of the Arctic unveiled 21 June 2011 www.esa.int/esaEO/SEMAAW0T1PG_index_0.html

6State of the Climate in 2010, Special Supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Vol. 92, No. 6, June 2011, J. Blunden, D. S. Arndt, and M. O. Baringer, Eds. Associate Eds. K. M. Willett, A. J. Dolman, B. D. Hall, P. W. Thorne, J. M. Levy, H. J. Diamond,J. Richter-Menge, M. Jeffries, R. L. Fogt, L. A. Vincent, and J. M. Renwick