cuz “It’s All About YOU!”
On to Anthropogenic Global Warming. Yes, I got the memo; the phrase has been changed to simple Climate Change.
But if it is simply Climate Change — a natural process that has been happening for billions of years and in no way caused by the actions [or very existence] of Humans — why are individuals, nations and all Humans being called on to Do Something about it?
It’s not simple hubris; the idea that we Humans are sooooooo big, powerful and important than we can change the climate of an entire planet. Otherwise, why make the PR move to change the term?
Now there’s another term — equally silly.
This writer is talking about reasons for optimism and pessimism. She found this optimistic:
…Obama [said] at his inauguration, “We’ll respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
No mention of how a debt of $16,442,780,289,737.84 [20% of the World's GDP] is a betrayal of our children and future generations.
Earlier this month, a Federal Advisory Committee of 13 collaborating agencies released a Draft Climate Assessment Report for public review.
Paid for by US.
“Thirteen Agencies, One Vision: Empower the Nation with Global Change Science”*
Depts of: Commerce, Defense, Energy Interior State, Transportation, HHS, NASA, NSF, Smithsonian, USAID, Agriculture and EPA.
Their Charter is here.
More optimism from the writer:
One overlooked aspect of the data, however, can also give us reason for optimism. Although credit for the report is given to 240+ scientists and engineers who compiled the evidence about global climate change, the backbone of the knowledge presented arises from efforts of unsung (and unwitting) heroes: people who collect weather data. The coordinated, cross-generational, collective nature of the public data-collection efforts reveals an unexploited strength in our society that should give us hope.
It’s often unclear where climate change data come from; like many others, I had assumed it’s all generated by satellites circling the earth and buoys floating in the ocean.
Yanno, soul-less scientific instruments calibrated to within a gnat’s eyelash.
While those technologies play a role, data on the key variables of temperature and precipitation have been, and still are, collected by otherwise ordinary people.
Many of those “collective” information collectors might even be be weather geeks dedicated to accuracy in both instrumentation and reportage. Others are “regular people” who get busy, forget things, do half-fast work from time to time, and may be as conversant with the Principles of Science as I am in Sanskrit.
Yanno, Low-Information Voters.
But this writer — and Teh Narrative — are prepared to draw meaningful conclusions from this method of data gathering.
Thus, evidence for climate change is not because “scientists say so”, but rather because the collective observations of people show …
See? Your neighbors — just like you, they are — say so. So go fight your neighbors and their “collective observations” and leave us the hell alone. Nevermind those East Anglia emails.
…because the collective observations of people showwe have shorter, warmer winters, and longer, hotter summers, periods of extreme heat lasting longer than any living American can recall,
See? Living Memory is now a n indicator of Extreme Change. Nevermind that “100 year flood” was a common term in weather not a decade ago. 80 years is now an indication of Something is Worng!!!!
…and rain in extremes: either heavier downpours or droughts. Separately, people across the country have noted these observations in their backyards.
Nevermind that most “backyards” are surrounded by buildings and roads and parking lots — ie Heat Sinks — which do not accurately measure anything but local variations, and variations of local conditions.
Nevermind that only about 3%* of the world’s land mass is covered with “urban areas”: “*I* live in an urban area so that must be Earth’s Normal!!”
Scientists have pooled the observations to reveal widespread patterns.
*cough*East Anglia emails*cough*
Each study that involved rain, snow, and temperature measurements drew those data from the U.S. Cooperative Weather Observer Program: a citizen science network.
The Program is not often referred to as citizen science, probably in part because it started generations before the term was coined, but that’s what it is.
Let’s hear it for the Collective Action — the Skin In The Game — of the Common Man!