By J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief
(National Sentinel) Alarmism:Â In recent days reports surfaced that action star, former California governor and former champion bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger was plotting with attorneys to file lawsuits against â€œBig Oil,â€ charging the companies with â€œfirst-degree murder.â€
Schwarzenegger, who accepts the human-caused Â â€˜global warmingâ€™ and â€˜climate changeâ€™ narrative despite a lack of evidence that modernization is causing either or that fossil fuels are responsible, said at the annualÂ SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, that he sees it as â€œno different from the smoking issue.â€
â€œThe tobacco industry knew for years and years and years and decades, that smoking would kill people, would harm people and create cancer, and were hiding that fact from the people and denied it,â€ he said.
â€œThe oil companies knew from 1959 on, they did their own study that there would be global warming happening because of fossil fuels, and on top of it that it would be risky for peopleâ€™s lives, that it would kill.â€
Mind you, Schwarzenegger is no climate expert or climate scientist, though no doubt he could certainly play one on TV.
However, many real climate scientists not only donâ€™t believe the actorâ€™s hypothesis, they donâ€™t accept his premise and theyâ€™ve seen no data substantiating his claims. Other experts concur.
As reported by The Daily Caller, several major studies that have served as predictors of future global warming have relied on â€œoverheatedâ€ economic models coupled with poor underlying assumptions.
â€œStudies that produce very high estimates of the economic and social costs of projected climate changeâ€ while â€œignoring or downplaying the possibility of adaptation and obscuring the inaccuracy of underlying estimates â€” are distinctly unhelpful,â€Â Manhattan Institute senior fellow Oren Cass wroteÂ in a March report.
The researcher said he examined models and assumptions used in major economic studies about global warming, two of which have been used by the U.S. Government Accountability Office to estimate damages by the end of the 21st century (and recommend policies based upon those estimates, no doubt).
What he found was that the studiesâ€™ results were extremely â€œflawed.â€
â€œProperly understood, temperature studies do not offer useful predictions of the future costs of projected human-caused climate change,â€ Cass wrote in a study published Monday.
He noted further that while flawed â€œthese studies have gained rapidly in prominenceâ€ and â€œnow account for the overwhelming share of costs in climate assessments.â€
If your studies are flawed, then your decisions regarding government economic and environmental policies, each of which come with a cost, will similarly be flawed.
Thereâ€™s more. A pair of recent essays on climate change/global warming warn that the threat, such as it is, does not warrant the level of panic and anxiety associated with the issue, mostly by those on the Left.
Writing in the Scientific American, a publication that traditionally promotes the man-caused global warming myth, John Horgan cites â€œmega-pundit Steven Pinker,â€ who wrote in The Breakthrough Journal that thereâ€™s no need to panic over environmental issues. Pinker also notes something that the far-Left environmental movement refuses to acknowledge: That modernization has led to substantial, life-changing progress for humanity.
â€œWhile it is true that not all the trends are positive, nor that the problems facing us are minor, it is crucial to understand that environmental problems, like other problems, are solvable, given the right knowledge,â€ Pinker wrote.
He added that industrialization â€œhas been good for humanity. It has fed billions, doubled lifespans, slashed extreme poverty, and, by replacing muscle with machinery, made it easier to end slavery, emancipate women, and educate children. It has allowed people to read at night, live where they want, stay warm in winter, see the world, and multiply human contact. Any costs in pollution and habitat loss have to be weighed against these gifts.â€
Horgan also cited Will Boisvert, who wrote in The Conquest of Climate, â€œHow bad will climate change be? Not very.â€
Weather happens. Climates change. Global temperatures go up and they go down. And all this happens on its own, not because humans â€˜causeâ€™ these changes.
I predict a court will someday instruct Mr. Schwarzenegger on this reality.
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