With summer’s official arrival, temperatures begin rising. As does the heated rhetoric of climate alarmists. Energy Secretary Granholm’s CNN interview asserted the Florida condo collapse was related to climate change sea level rise. Never mind the fact that the predicted worst-case scenario ocean rise over the next century is a mere inch per decade. Or that it rose and fell in the 19th century long before the industrial revolution. If you’ll pardon the pun — chill out.
Don’t believe me. Take it from Obama Administration Undersecretary For Science. With “Unsettled” New York University professor Steven Koonin adds his voice to a chorus telling us to stop believing politically motivated hype suggesting we’ll all be dead in a decade without drastic steps to end our planet’s destruction.
Koonin joins Bjorn Lomborg, ("False Alarm"), Michael Shellenberger, ("Apocalypse Never"), and Alex Epstein, ("The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels"), in putting the brakes on a philosophical viewpoint so detrimental to human well-being it’s being blamed for eco-anxiety. Lomborg estimates that “10 million American children are terrified of climate change.”
What’s likely to terrify the alarmists? Koonin and the others aren’t Climate Change deniers. They unapologetically affirm the phenomenon. Koonin even includes a list of warning flags for any dismissing their point of view as denial. But instead of despair inducing, knee jerk reactions each, from different perspectives, examine climate information in detail offering assurances that, given the worst case-scenario, human life will not only continue on this planet but can improve immensely.
Koonin masterfully brings out the distinction between weather extremes and climate change. That globally and statistically there aren’t more hot days than in the past. Nor have hurricanes gotten worse. And the Maldives Islands— which three decades ago were predicted to be under rising sea levels—aren’t.
Remember Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and the lonely polar bear destined to climate extinction? According to Lomborg’s findings the problem wasn’t climate change at all but rather indiscriminate hunting. An estimated 26,000 remain in the wild despite modest climate changes. So yes, “change our behavior,” Lomborg advises. “But not in the ways climate activists” suggest.
Those suggestions include costly, inefficient, and environmentally destructive wind and solar farms. Turbines have a maximum 59% efficiency, a 100-year-old fact, according to Shellenberger. So-called green energy as our only source of power would require almost 50% of America’s landmass. So much for saving the environment. Hard to believe? Read the books. I have. And as someone who enjoys the beauty of the world I welcome their hopeful perspective.
The biggest takeaway is how much misinformation we are presented with that is skewed for political purposes. Koonin closes his book with ironic words uttered by a self-professed champion of the environment, Mr. Biden, who at his inauguration said, “We must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated or even manufactured.” Let’s hope those words show up in his climate program.