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July 20, 2023 | By MacIver Staff
Policy Issues
Environment

The Global Warming Crisis

Anyone who thinks every year is the hottest year ever will be surprised to learn global temperatures were declining for six years in a row before this summer.

It was clear that 2023 would be a hotter year if there were an El Nino, the event which occurs every several years on earth when the winds from the Pacific Ocean beat up the waves and generate heat that subsequently heats up the earth. Attached is a chart which demonstrates that when we have a warm El Nino year, the earth heats up. And 2023 is an El Nino year!


​Actually, it is quite possible that temperatures decreased more than the official increase. This is because the official measurements by the NOAA appear to overstate warmth. In 2022, Anthony Watts conducted a study of Climate Stations and found that over 90% were corrupted. This undermines the legitimacy of the long-term climate measurements. Simply put, these climate stations were placed out of scientific compliance because they were moved or placed too near concrete or paved surfaces which distort temperature measurements and makes them higher.

Since we are told daily how warm it has become, wouldn’t you expect that the warmest days in history have been in the immediate past? The fact is that the 6 largest cities in the U.S. (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix and Philadelphia) all had their warmest days over a decade ago, and their average warmest day was over 50 years ago. New York City reached its hottest day in 1936 and Miami in 1985. Some warmest days were only 1 or 2 decades ago like San Francisco in 2000 and Houston in 2012. There are a few cities, like Seattle which reached their peak temperature in 2021, but these are few. You might find it interesting to look up when your municipality had its warmest day.

It seems that we are continually told that global warming causes climate change and that is dangerous. You remember that 2020 was the year of the Covid-19. This was when airplanes almost stopped flying, automobile usage dropped, and most businesses and schools went virtual. In 2020, the atmosphere received a 9% reduction in carbon dioxide, the largest drop during the industrial age (since 1840). And yet 2020 was the second warmest year in history, which showed for that year no correlation between fossil fuel use and climate change. The NOAA also reported that 2021, the year more people went back to work, schools reopened and air flights expanded, was not even one of the five warmest years. Both 2020 and 2021 temperatures showed no relationship between global warming and fossil fuel use.

Here is an idea that you can try for yourself: It may not be totally scientific, but it could be fun and you will learn something about yourself.: Check and see how much a 1 degree change in temperature affects you? You probably recall that the Paris agreement tells us that if temperatures rise more than 1 degree Fahrenheit between now and 2050, there will likely be a major climate problem. My suggestion is that when you are driving with a friend, have your friend increase or decrease the car’s temperature by one degree Fahrenheit and see if you can correctly identify what change there was. My grandchildren couldn’t — and they are really smart!

Stephen Einhorn is the author of Climate Change: What they Rarely Teach in College (Climatechangeus.com) . His education includes a B.A. in Chemistry from Cornell University and an M.A. in Polymeric Materials from Brooklyn Polytech. He is the founder of Capital Midwest Fund in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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