Niels Bohr, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922 once said, “Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.” This comment brings to mind the current debate about climate change and what role, if any, humans are playing.
Which leads to the questions, is the globe warming? Are humans the cause? Is the science settled on the matter?
A new documentary called Climate Hustle takes on these very topics and several others; bringing forward fact based compelling arguments questioning much of what the public believes to be “settled science” around the Earth’s changing climate.
As seen in the film, the alarmists are continually proven wrong on their current sales pitches on global warming, forcing them to adjust the contentions they are putting forward. It used to be called “global warming” but now is being widely referred to as “climate change.” Since the arguments they have put forth are being challenged by a wide range of the international scientific community as soon as they are spoken, those who are pushing the “climate change” agenda have to reach way in the future in order to attempt to make their case. They are making predictions, and those predictions come with a DIRE warning, “We must act now!” Those pushing the climate agenda try to rush decision makers into action in a hurried fashion to eliminate the debate on the topic.
A similar instance where this tactic was tried was during the late 1960s. There was a theory perpetuated called the “Population Bomb” theory, which hypothesized that the planet had too many people and with more coming the human species was never going to be able to feed everyone by the 1970’s…oops.
“The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate” -Population Bomb
Now that is not to say that parts of some countries aren’t experiencing famine, however, much of that has less to do with the growth of population as it does with conflict, economics and government leadership.
As for Climate Hustle, one of the first questions the movie tackles is – Who is behind the “Climate Change” movement?
The filmmakers pose that very question to the founder of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore who says it is the media looking for sensationalism, the environmental groups looking for donations, the politicians creating the appearance of “saving the world,” the businesses that want to look green, and the academics (universities) that want public money for grants to study this. Those are not exactly honorable motives to pursue scientific discovery. To study the climate is a science and one that must use scientific methods and sound testing which allows the researcher to come to a rational scientific claim, regardless of their motives.
In the film, one of the arguments exposed is that 97% of all scientists agree that climate change is happening and humans are the cause. That number is pulled from one survey that was conducted among 77 climate scientists, in which, 75 respondents said that climate change is happening, it is catastrophic, and that humans cause it.
Here are 97 articles that have been published that show that 97% to be incorrect.
Which leads to the next question? Are we getting warmer?
In the film, that very specific question is posed to Dr. Robert Giegengack, former Chair of the Department of Earth and Environment Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania. Does more CO2 = a warmer world, True or False? Dr. Giegengack says that a warmer world would equal more CO2 but does not think that CO2 is a driver of Global temperature. That comment is echoed by Dr. Moore who says that over time (about 800 years) temperature goes up followed by the climate.
One of the most important parts of the movie is the reversal of position from several of the leading international climate scientists such as France’s Dr. Claude Allegre. This is confirmed in an article in the National Post, where Dr. Allegre stated that,
"the greenhouse-gas fanatics whose proclamations consist in denouncing man's role on the climate without doing anything about it except organizing conferences and preparing protocols that become dead letters.” The world would be better off, Dr. Allegre believes, if these "denouncers" became less political and more practical, by proposing practical solutions to head off the dangers they see, such as developing technologies to sequester C02. His dream, he says, “is to see ecology become the engine of economic development and not an artificial obstacle that creates fear."
Dr. Allegre is not the only member of the scientific community who has reached the same conclusion on the topic. There are others, and it has affected their professional careers.
As seen in this clip in the film from these scientists:
“I have been ostracized by the main stream, the consensus.” Dr. Curry
“They shun me, the do not allow me to have my materials published”. Dr. Rancourt
“They either ignore you or ridicule you”. Dr. Pielke Sr.
Even those with a basic understanding of scientific principles know that scientific study is used to challenge the status quo. The Earth is flat right?
This film premiered nationwide on May 2nd and adds some interesting and much needed commentary to the “climate change” debate. It creatively, intelligently and using sound scientific methods pushes back against those who claim that the “science is settled” on the cause and disastrous effects of climate change. As the great Mark Twain reminds us “Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.”
If you did not see the movie check out some of the great clips and stories at climatehustle.org