The Truth About “Climate Change”

For release: 2023-09-05

Tribune Content Agency

Cal Thomas

It’s been a good summer for climate activists who are pushing the false narrative of “climate change.”

We had the Canadian wildfires with smoke drifting into other parts of North America. Then there were hotter than usual temperatures in many parts of the country (it’s summertime and I predict temperatures will drop this fall, winter and spring, as usual), followed by a devastating fire in Maui, and then Hurricane Idalia.

Never mind that the fires in Canada might have been prevented if environmentalists had not opposed clearing underbrush and removing old trees. The same goes for Maui, along with better management of the fire when it first broke out.

President Joe Biden added to this fictional summer storyline by embellishing an often-told story about a fire at his Delaware home. We’ve heard several versions, the latest being firefighters “ran into flames” to rescue his wife and the house “almost collapsed.” Previous stories put his 1967 Corvette and cat at risk after a lightning strike.

Much of the media are hauling out one of their favorite words – “unprecedented” – to describe the force and destructive power of Idalia, which is not true. Hurricanes happen during the summer and early fall and some of the worst occurred long before the Industrial Age. Let’s not forget the “experts” who swore in the 1970s that the Earth was headed for a new ice age in which we would all freeze to death. Trust the science we were told.

The deconstruction of this latest chapter of fiction begins with this: According to the Hawaii Wildfire Management Organization, “98 percent of all Hawaiian fires are started by people, of which 75 percent are due to carelessness.” Bring back Smokey Bear who said: “Remember, only YOU can present forest fires.”

Returning to those Canadian wildfires – common across that country during summer – the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that half were caused by lightning strikes while the other half were caused in different ways, from discarding cigarette butts to sparks from passing trains. While the newspaper includes “climate change” as a contributing factor, better forest management would have helped reduce the risk.

Concerning the predictable hysteria from some TV reporters standing in ankle or hip-deep water, the climate Chicken Littles are wrong again. According to the webpage Advancing Earth and Space Sciences: “Global hurricane counts and Accumulated Cyclone Energy (ACE) have significantly decreased since 1990 likely due to a trend toward LaNina. (The) decreasing trend in global hurricanes and ACE is primarily driven by (the) downturn in western North Pacific activity.”

CNN went full crisis mode when its top climate “expert” Dr. Bill Weir said: “The cost of (using fossil fuels) is becoming bigger with every storm. Science has been warning about this for a very long time, in many ways it has been predicted…”

Not all “science” and not all scientists, especially those who are in the field of environment and not receiving grants from the federal government, which could skew the credibility of their findings. The organization Climate Intelligence has published a letter signed by 1,609 scientists who say there is no climate emergency. Their letter is loaded with scientific facts and not statements by politicians and reporters who repeat familiar lines.

In addition to their citation of scientific facts, they write: “To believe the outcome of a climate model is to believe what the model makers have put in. This is precisely the problem with today’s climate discussion to which climate models are central. Climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science. Should we not free ourselves from the naïve belief in immature climate models?”

It’s a good question and one purveyors of the “climate change” storyline should contemplate.

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  1. Cal Thomas on September 7, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Sorry – I am old enough to remember: Smokey Bear and his signature catchphrase, “Only YOU can prevent wildfires!” are recognized by an impressive 96% of adults nationwide.

  2. Dan Griffith on September 15, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    Did Joe have his Vette parked in his kitchen? Experts also said in the 70s that the planet was beginning a 30yr cooling cycle which means that now it’s going back to normal.Stop the Hoax.