Shortly after Donald Trump reiterated his energy policies last week at a speech in Bismarck, North Dakota, the usual climate change suspects crawled out of the woodwork to voice their opposition. Leading the pack was Michael Mann of “hockey stick” fame, a climate activist and professor of meteorology at Penn State, who said that Trump’s energy plan and policies would be an “existential threat to the planet.” After Mann made his comments, more climate experts (who are also on the mainstream media’s speed dial) jumped on the end-of-days bandwagon: Kevin Trenberth, Jennifer Francis, Katharine Hayhoe, James Hansen, etc…

But according to emeritus Professor Michael Hart, who has just published a book, Hubris: The troubling science, economics, and politics of climate change, that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Why? Because climate change dogma has been turned into a grant-making gravy train that rewards the hysteria while starving out the doubters. The more Hart researched the global warming phenomenon, he quickly learned how the new regulations rolled out by the Obama administration and the United Nations are all backed up by shoddy science.

The regulatory regime is here

The renowned Canadian professor says this regulatory agenda relies on people pushing ahead the murky science of climate change to further an environmental agenda.

Hart says that to understand this global movement, people need to realize the climate is a “complex, chaotic, non-linear system” that can’t be duplicated in a computer program.

Hart says our climate is affected by a variety of forces: the sun, our planet’s orbit, ocean oscillations and heat uptake, plus hundreds of other variables more important than the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). He notes the alarmists have taken the trace gas CO2 and convinced much of the world it is the primary driver of the climate. It isn’t.

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Confirmation bias

While Hart concedes that an increase in CO2 can lead to some warming, the extent of that warming within our complex climate is “highly exaggerated.” He says the best evidence for this was the well-documented lack of warming at the end of the twentieth century, which was within historical bounds.

He also points out the first 15 years of the twenty-first century showed a global warming pause until a strong El Nino presented itself. Temps are already drifting back to normal.

He says the alarmist movement is more reliant on flawed computer models and looking for simulations to confirm their own biases, which is the exact opposite of how the scientific method works. Even though it’s promoted as fact in virtually every academic institution, Hart points out the complete lack of experimental data to support global warming.

The new moneymaker

Most of the oft-quoted climate experts have benefited from the global warming hysteria either through paid speeches, increased prestige, book contracts, or government grants and money. Hart says that scientists have quickly learned if you adapt your research to fit the desired outcomes, the money will flow. He says that much of the peer-reviewed material in once-prominent journals has now degenerated into “pal review.”

Hart explains the motivating factor behind the rapid adoption of climate change in academia, activist groups, and governments: money. He says people and organizations are using global warming to create fake alarm using dodgy science to raise money. And lots of it.

Ending the climate change nonsense

He says that for the time being, “politicians are throwing money that they do not have at a problem that does not exist in order to finance solutions that make no difference." He adds that we need to end the climate change nonsense and renew our focus on “real issues that pose real dangers.” Professor Hart is an emeritus professor of international affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

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