Author of Rational Optimist, Ridley’s scoop on the panel’s upcoming climate report is one of few positive perspectives expected to arise from the global good news.
The IPCC will issue its Fifth Assessment Report on September 27, the first of their climate reports having issued in 1990. Leaks on its content have it that warming alarmism has been attenuated.
Although it’s not much, the IPCC report is a start toward the actual dull truth of the climate story. Expect disappointment from sensationalist news readers, possibly from the president, and surely from the press.
Some salient points from the report include:
- The temperature rise we can expect as a result of man-made emissions of carbon dioxide is lower than the IPPC thought in 2007.
- The overall effect of climate change will be positive for humankind and the planet for the next several generations.
- The actual temperature change expected from a doubling of carbon dioxide about 70 years from now will likely be 1.67 degrees C, which will result in no net economic and ecological damage.
- Predictive models have overestimated warming by 100% over the past two decades, as proven by actual global temperature records, which show no warming in the past 17 years.
Reality will soon meet the road. We can all relax and expect to meet little if any catastrophe from a degree or so more of warmth. But, like all things political these days, we can expect the governmentistas to make policy, then money, from the faux hype they have spouted for two decades.
Let’s wait for the spin that is put on the positive-pointing perspective of the new IPCC report. Rather than recognizing good news in the numbers the same way that Matt Ridley did, the jaundiced eye of an irrational 47-percent public is sure to read the report as misinformation.
Enthusiasm still reigns for fear mongering over catastrophic climate change and is likely to go on despite anything contrary that’s put to print. As the old saw goes, you can bring a horse to water but you can’t make him drink…...well, except if it’s climate Kool Aid.