It has been an article of faith for many years that humans are gradually destroying the environment, and are specifically responsible for global warming via man-made carbon emissions. On Monday, The Australian published results of a poll showing 96 per cent of the population believes climate change is wholly or partly caused by humans.
Actually it was 80%. It doesn’t inspire confidence when the Australian can’t even report their own poll correctly.
But any detailed scrutiny of scientific data shows that the environment is quite stable. There are even suggestions the world’s temperature has decreased in recent years.
Any real climate change in the past century has been at a glacial pace (that is, the speed of a glacier that is not melting because of the globe’s supposedly soaring temperatures). Far greater periods of environmental change have been recorded in history without any human intervention. The Ice Ages, anybody?
I just want to stress that these are two successive paragraphs. I did not have to snip anything to bring them together. Jensen says the environment is “quite stable” and then he brings up the example of the Ice Ages. The Ice Ages seem to be pretty good evidence that the climate system isn’t particularly stable.
We laugh today at those who once believed the world to be flat, but see no irony in the widespread acceptance now of equally spurious claims made in the name of science, as in the climate debate.
Yes, Jensen just claimed the scientific consensus on global warming is as spurious as the flat Earth theory. (And it’s a myth that scholars believed in a flat Earth during the Dark Ages.)