Does a Senate vote for man-made global warming make it true?
Since science is now settled by consensus, what better way to make it really official than by putting it up for a vote in the Senate? That’s what Bernie Sanders is doing. He wants to make it the official position of the Senate that global warming is not only real, but is also caused by humans, namely those conservative humans who use petroleum products. The Hill reported:
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday he will allow the Senate to vote on an amendment asking if they agree that climate change is impacting the planet.
At his weekly press briefing, McConnell said “nobody is blocking any amendments” to legislation that would approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
The GOP leader had promised to allow an open amendment process on the Keystone bill.
But a measure proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had raised questions about whether he would stick to that commitment.
The Sanders measure asks whether lawmakers agree with the overwhelming consensus of scientists who say climate change is impacting the planet and is worsened by human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate alarmists have to do this, because they’ve lost the debate. It’s hard to win people over to your side when you have no evidence for your opinion, and the only evidence there is points to the other side.
In fact, we apparently passed a major greenhouse gas emissions threshold, the “point of no return,” which is supposed to make our end-of-the-world climate calamity as sure as the sunrise. But nothing happened. The Daily Caller reported:
Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide have averaged above 400 parts per million since the beginning of 2015, passing what climate scientists say is the symbolic point of no return for catastrophic global warming.
This is not the first time atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations passed 400 parts per million. The 400 ppm mark was first reached in March 2013. Environmental groups argue that passing carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million “is an ominous sign of what might come next.”
But despite all the warnings about rising carbon dioxide levels, the Earth has not shown a warming trend for nearly two decades and weather has not gotten more extreme, as many scientists predicted.
Satellite datasets show that 2014 was not the warmest on record, rather, last year ranked as the 3rd and 6th warmest on record depending on which dataset is used. Japanese scientists reported that 2014 was the warmest on record by only 0.05 degrees Celsius — a statistical tie with 1998 — based on surface temperature readings.
As for the U.S., 2014 was only 34th warmest on record based on surface temperature readings. But even that estimate may be running hot, as a recent study points out that mountain weather stations have inflated temperature readings for years.
Not only have temperatures been flat for the last 18 years and three months, but there has been no rash of extreme weather events either.
How anticlimactic. Everyone was supposed to burn up and die because of Big Oil. But nothing happened.
It’ll be interesting to see if the Senate decides to make it law that global warming is real and that it’s being caused by conservatives. They might as well throw in an amendment that says that not believing in the fairy tale of manmade global warming constitutes a felony punishable by death.