Regular Gormogons readers know that we tend to keep global warming and global cooling discussions at arm’s length, because most of the proponents of anthropogenic climate change (which covers warming or cooling) are shout-down liberals who call everyone else a fascist denier, and opponents of anthropogenic climate change generally get creamed by the scientific muck whipped at them.
Instead, we have concluded that there’s a lot of data being gathered, but not a whole lot of information yet. Why? Climatology is still very much an emerging science. The Czar and the inscrutable Mandarin both studied climatology under the same professor,* and one of that professor’s most prescient comments was that given how much he had seen the science change in 20 years, the next 20 years will be even more amazing. It has been more than 20 years, but he was quiet right in how much climatology has changed. That’s good, in that we have advanced our knowledge so ridiculously far, but bad in that we have learned how little we still know about a complex, inter-related chaotic process.
One thing is certain: anyone who is certain about anything else in climatology is lying to you or simply deluded. This is why most climatologists with incredible pedigrees tend to avoid discussion on climate change: they know that, as the experts, they have the least data of all. And when climatologists ask to see what data there is, they’re told to go foxtrot themselves. (Note: read BorePatch’s entire series on the shell game of climate change data by clicking the junk science label at the bottom of that link. Fascinating research by him.)
For example, some opponents have proposed that the sun affects our weather in unknown ways, and that there are some solar cycle models that could account for temperature swings on the earth better than any other type of data.
Nonsense. Even scientists agree that’s just cherry picking data that support your hypothesis. The fact is that global climate change—whether that’s warming or cooling—is happening now, and we have to act now by passing all sorts of liberal-heavy socialist/progressive legislation now that will cost billions of dollars.
Except that some climatologists did consider the question as serious. And they have concluded that yes, the sun alters our climate in not-fully-understood ways.
The Czar wants you to understand this: this does not settle the debate. All this is a remarkable discovery that throws out a lot—but not all—of the so-called settled science.
There are still many, many claims that need to be evaluated and proved or disproved. We do not want to cherry pick our conclusion, but it is not cherry picking to state that, again, we have still so much to learn that action now benefits politicians, not the human race. Baby steps save more lives.
Unfortunately, the Czar expects to see no retractions from bloggers or concessions from liberal commentators. Instead, the Czar expects this to be turned around: “so if the sun affects earth’s weather, than you conservatives just conceded that there is climate change!” So let the Czar state it: folks, on the subject of solar cycles having no effect on alleged climate change, you were wrong. Dead wrong. Slow, steady, careful research proved to have a better outcome than jumping on a bandwagon. Go ahead and say it. You were wrong. It won’t hurt, and besides…you need the practice.
* The Czar studied meteorology in hopes of defying the weather; the Mandarin studied it in hopes of building a weather control weapon. We are, um, equally close to achieving our goals.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.