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In an effort to stir up support for an economy-killing treaty from the UN Conference of the Parties-21 (COP-21) meeting in Paris this December, President Obama went on a recent whirlwind one-week tour promoting the global warming scare with many speeches, photo-ops, and newspaper columns.
August 27 New Orleans President Obama visited New Orleans August 27 to mark the tenth anniversary of hurricane Katrina devastating the city. He preached catastrophic climate change (global warming) is taking place due to carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels and we must stop using our inexpensive, abundant, and geographically distributed coal, oil, and natural gas. Increased number and strength of hurricanes is one of the results of climate change.
Apparently no one told president Obama no category 3 or higher hurricanes have struck the United States since 2005—a record for lack of hurricane activity and strength. In addition, satellite temperature measurements show no global warming for 17 years
August 31 Anchorage, AK President Obama changed location for spreading his story of catastrophic climate change to Alaska from August 31 thru September 2. August 31 was a meeting of the Global Leadership in the Arctic—Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement & Resilience (GLACIER) conference in Anchorage. The United States is currently the chair of the Arctic Council, a grouping of eight Arctic States (Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden, and the United States) plus a dozen states with permanent observer status, including China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore.
As a sign of the importance the United States placed on the Alaska forum, President Barack Obama attended and used the conference as a platform for urging swifter action to combat climate change. President Obama said, “Climate change is no longer some far-off problem; it is happening here, it is happening now. We’re not acting fast enough.” He also used his speech on the need for a global agreement at this year’s UN climate meeting in Paris. “This year, in Paris has to be the year that the world finally reaches an agreement to protect the one planet that we’ve got while we still can.”
After the conference, the representatives of the Arctic Council members signed a joint statement affirming “our commitment to take urgent action to slow the pace of warming in the Arctic.” Even though this statement had no binding provisions, China, India, and Russia refused to be signatories. These three countries being number 1, 3, and 4 top carbon dioxide emitting countries in the world render the statement worthless and pose great problems obtaining any meaningful treaty curbing carbon dioxide emissions from COP-21 in Paris this December.
September 1 Seward, AK September 1, President Obama moved to Seward in order to visit the Exit Glacier at the Kenai Fjords National Park “to view the effects of climate change firsthand.” As pointed out in the September 3 article “Obama’s Half-Baked Alaska” by Patrick Moore in The Wall Street Journal, Alaska’s glaciers have advanced and retreated many times over thousands of years—advancing in cold times like the Little Ice Age and retreating during warm periods like the Medieval Warm Period and Current Warm Period.
Further proof of earlier receding glaciers is the article “Receding Swiss glaciers incoveniently reveal 4000 year old forests – and make it clear that glacier retreat is nothing new” that describes the finding by Dr. Christian Schluchter a 4000-year old chunk of wood at the base of a retreating Swiss glacier. More worrisome is Dr.Schlüchter’s finding cold periods can strike very rapidly. Near the edge of Mont Miné Glacier his team found huge tree trunks and discovered they all had died in just a single year. The scientists were stunned. “The year of death could be determined to be exactly 8195 years before present. The oxygen isotopes in the Greenland ice show there was a marked cooling around 8200.” That finding, Schlüchter states, confirmed the sun is the main driver in climate change.
In response to President Obama’s pleas for reducing carbon dioxide emissions, on September 1, Bloomberg publishes “Denmark’s Government Readies U-turn on Ambitious Climate Targets”. The costs of reducing carbon dioxide, in a country with the greatest concentrations of wind mills, are too high.
September 2 Kotzebue, AK September 2, President Obama addressed residents of the 3000-population village of Kotzebue of the dangers of climate change. Apparently President Obama forgot September 2 was the 70th anniversary of end of World War II. Many in the nation celebrated this day; there are only 1 million veterans left of the original 16 million called to combat the greatest threat to world peace in the history of the planet. Very few veterans will be around for the 80th anniversary. President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief of the U. S. military and one may question his priorities of using the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II to promote unfounded climate change fears over honoring our gallant veterans and current men and women in uniform.
It is ironic President Obama chose Alaska to promote global warming fears. Rising sea levels is one of the fears promoted by advocates of increasing carbon dioxide causes catastrophic global warming. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains a data set of 128 tidal gauges along the coasts of the United States. Alaska has 17 tidal gauges of which 14 shows the ocean is receding. Anchorage shows receding of 0.61 mm per year and Seward shows receding of 2.66 mm per year. Graphs of sea level change from 1990 to 2015 show no acceleration of changes due to global warming.
As a final comment, Clegg, et.al. published temperatures found from analysis of sediments from Moose Lake (61°22.45’N, 143°35.93’W) in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve of south-central Alaska (USA)—an area about 100 miles East of President Obama’s visit to Seward. The data is presented as a graph of July temperatures for the past six thousand years.
Quoting theauthors, “In closing, it is instructive to note that even with the help of the supposedly unprecedented anthropogenic-induced increase in the atmosphere’s CO2 concentration that occurred over the course of the 20th century, the Current Warm Period has not achieved anywhere near the warmth of the MWP or RWP, which suggests to us that the climatic impact of the 20th-century increase in the air’s CO2 content has been negligible, for the warming that defined the earth’s recovery from the global chill of the LIA — which should have been helped by the concurrent increase in the air’s CO2 content — appears no different from the non-CO2-induced warming that brought the planet out of the Dark Ages Cold Period and into the Medieval Warm Period.”
The paper cites other measurements made in Alaska with similar results and this should show that President Obama’s choice of Alaska as proof of fossil-fuel-caused catastrophic global warming has no merit.
The final analysis is lots of jet fuel expended; not much accomplished promoting global warming caused by burning fossil fuels.