I am responding to the recent columns by Dan Abel. I can understand his frustration caused by the exposure of the fallacy of man-made climate change, and I can relate to the pain and suffering he is feeling from seeing the science community waking up to reality. When I was a child, I believed that Santa Claus, the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy were real, and all my little friends supported me because they believed as I did. As we grew up, the truth slowly emerged, and one by one we learned that they were myths. The first kids to express doubt were ridiculed because we had been told by those we trusted that the myths were true. After all, there was a "consensus" among 5-year-olds that these things existed, and the "deniers" were only trying to rain on our parade. It was painful, but we survived, and I am sure that Abel will survive after he accepts the truth that is becoming more and more apparent to many scientists around the world. His colleagues are leaving the herd in droves, as more evidence becomes available.
At the moment, Abel is merely repeating the same old claims that the facts refute. "Heavier rains, more intense storms, more frequent floods and droughts?" These are not happening, and he knows it. History does not lie. He proclaims the virtues of the "scientific method", and then doesn't use it. Instead, he prefers to use studies in which the data was altered, fabricated, or ignored in order to fit a predetermined conclusion in order to advance his political agenda.
He turns a blind eye to numerous studies that prove that the Earth has recently been cooling, that the ice sheets at the South Pole are thickening, and populations of polar bears are growing. He mentions peer reviews of scientific studies, but fails to tell you that the committees are stacked with activists who refuse to publish anything that would challenge their viewpoint, regardless of the evidence. He lists the "national scientific organizations" who sing the praises of man-made climate change without acknowledging that they are funded by governments that have a vested interest in collecting taxes from working people in order to attain more power and control over our lives. Scientists doing work for governments will come up with findings that help maintain research grants and keep the money flowing. If the data they accumulate does not fit, they will change it to make it fit. Upton Sinclair once said, "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it." Without a constant supply of environmental scares, most of these government funded organizations would simply die. Government funded climate change researchers are funded to study evidence for man-made climate change, not against it.
Mathematical computer models have never been able to predict climate or even weather. Please note how many hurricanes are predicted every year. The predictions are not close to reality. Whoever programs the model can make it produce any result he wants. Computer models have been run backwards with known data, and still failed to predict climate events that actually happened. The hottest year on record was 1934, when CO2 emissions were much lower than today.
Repeating false statements will not make them true.
The writer, a retired earth science teacher, lives in Myrtle Beach.