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Gina McCarthy Sees Black and White, I See Red

http://www.vermontbiz.com/news/2017/december/07/dont-despair-get-work-says-former-epa-chief-gina-mccarthy “Climate change is happening,” Gina McCarthy said, “We have to stop debating the science.” While Gina sees black and white, I see red.

The McCarthy lecture seems just too silo-thinking, too simplistic, too parochial,  and too eco-religious for an adult audience. Where is the discussion about national and international economic development, the importance of energy efficiency, the state of emission reduction strategies, the growing benefits of the Internet of Things, or other significant technological advancements.

While the debate about climate and science must continue to advance our understanding of a very complex planet, the environmental importance of clean water, good sanitation, domicile ventilation, reliable electricity, and modern health care to local populations in poorer countries in Asia and Africa is ignored. Steve

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"Climate change is happening." Climate change has been happening since there has been a climate, as far as we can determine; and, it will continue to happen.

It is ludicrous to suggest that climate change in the past was the result of natural variation, but that recent climate change is the result of human influence. One only needs to look at the extent and speed of temperature anomaly changes surrounding the 1997/1998 and 2015/2016 super El Ninos to realize that natural variation continues.

The current debate, to the extent that it exists, centers not on the science, but rather on data "adjustment" and "re-analysis" and on model-based speculation using unverified models.

Climate science is the science of data that aren't and models that don't.

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I agree 100% with Heins. The instrument temperature record is not consistent nor uniform to establish a conclusion on the real influences of climate change.

The satellite record is the most consistent record we have and has not covered enough time to show any human influence.  In this present climate optimum however there is plenty of historical and proxie indicators that recent past changes have shown glaciers advancing and retreating several times along with high sea levels. So the anthropogenic climate warming claims are essentially hearsay.

As I see more true unbiased science reports come out it points largely to fluctuating solar influences and orbital eccentricities. There are short climate variances due to Earth complex heat distribution system and volcanic activities. If we humans are lucky enough to maintain our modern science and living standards the puzzle will eventually be solved over a course of 500 to 1000 years for undeniable evidence.

Until then we should make the best use of what resources we have in preparation for any eventuality of climate change and not in the hope of circumventing it.

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