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Droughts are also accused of being the work of evil old global warming

After a decade of flat temperatures and missed predictions by global warming's shrillest speculators, Christiana Figueres, the executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is still ringing the alarm bell for all who care to listen.  While she lacks the evidence to prove it, in a recent interview she expressed that she was "sure" warming was to blame for a laundry list of recent natural disasters, including, but not limited to wildfires and droughts.

I. UN Chief Believes Warming is to Sure Warming Causes Wildfires

In an interview with Christiane Amanpour of Time Warner Inc.'s (TWXCNN news agency, Ms. Figueres also expressed indignation at the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Abbot has referred to more extreme global warming predictions as "total crap" and pushed to repeal Australia's carbon tax, having disbanded the nation's climate change board in September.

Australia has recently suffered from raging wildfires, and Ms. Figueres was quick to seize on this point, stating:

We are really already paying the price of carbon.  We are paying the price with wildfires, we are paying the price with droughts.


She admitted, though:

The World Meteorological Organization has not established a direct link between this wildfire and climate change – yet.  But what is absolutely clear is the science is telling us that there are increasing heat waves in Asia, Europe, and Australia; that there these will continue; that they will continue in their intensity and in their frequency.

Australia wildfire
A wildfire rages in Australia. [Image Source: EPA]

It's worth noting that Mr. Figueres holds no degree in climate science (nor do most UN officials tasked with setting warming policy), having achieved a Master's Degree in social anthropology.  While this career politician may be unversed in climatology from a technical standpoint, she's not afraid of making bold and emotional claims.

II. Climate Chief was "Born Impatient"

In another recent interview -- this time with BBC News -- Ms. Figueres appeared to admit that she lacks the patience to wait for a thorough scientific study on the impact and extent of warming before taking action.  She is quoted as saying:

I am always frustrated by the pace of the negotiations, I was born impatient.  We are moving way, way too slowly, but we are moving in the right direction and that's what gives me courage and hope.
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I'm committed to climate change because of future generations, it is not about us, right? We're out of here.  I just feel that it is so completely unfair and immoral what we are doing to future generations, we are condemning them before they are even born.  
We have a choice about it, that's the point, we have a choice.  If it were inevitable then so be it, but we have a choice to change the future we are going to give our children.

Christiana Figueres
Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC executive secretary [Image Source: Getty Images]

Ms. Figueres -- who assumed her post at the UN in 2010 is currently working on drafting a global climate treaty, as per the decision reached at a 2011 summit in Durban, South Africa.  The treaty could look to implement carbon taxes, or other wealth redistribution measures supposedly aimed at "fighting warming", but it will have a tough road ahead, if temperatures remain flat over the next decade.

Sources: CNN, BBC News



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RE: Trash Article
By Spuke on 10/23/2013 12:36:51 PM , Rating: 4
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It has nothing to do with faith.
Re-read his post because that's not what he said at all.


RE: Trash Article
By maugrimtr on 10/24/2013 8:57:21 AM , Rating: 4
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No, not agreed. The models are a lousy fit and the most devoted adherents to the Climate Change Religion are currently scratching their heads, wondering why the climate refuses to follow the models.


There is no Climate Change Religion. The fact you bring up religion at all equates a science reliant on the Scientific Method with Christianity that is reliant on people blindly believing that a magician turned water into wine 2000 years ago.

One can be proven or disproven. The other is an article of faith. As a Catholic (and a firm believer!) I know the difference. Of course, the Jesus I know, the guy who ran around the countryside in utter poverty preaching to bureaucrats, thieves, prostitutes, adulterers and corrupt politicians about giving away all their worldly possessions and helping the poor and oppressed would hardly recognise religion for what it's become as a political toy in America.

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Trust me, many followers treat it as a religion, and as such there is a strong "faith" aspect that defies introspection and challenge. Yes, there are Skeptics who are bible-thumping buffoons, but they are on the fringes. So try to keep an open mind. That's probably the most important attribute a scientist can have.


There are those who confuse science and religion at both extremes. What's important is not painting everyone with the same brush. Am I expected to despise and loathe all Republicans for the doings one small group of lunatics in Congress? I hope not. Yet that's what modern politics wants. I support gay marriage, I think universal healthcare is a worthy goal, and being descended from immigrants fleeing a potato famine I don't feel the slightest hostility towards immigrants at all. I also think Evolution is a clever and good theory. Apparently that makes me a Democrat despite disagreeing with most of their economic policies.

If someone marries a Republican with a Scientist and throws in a little Christian, I'd vote for them over any Democrat. Unfortunately common sense and charity has deserted the right in the past decade.

For the obvious, climate change is real. That's not even debated by wackos any more. The debate focuses on whether it's natural or cause by Humans. The evidence to date is heavily in favor of Humans being the root cause. You also very neatly failed to elaborate on the flat temperatures over the past decade - they are flat. There is reversal of global warming - just a 10 year weird flatness in a science which examines centuries. Learn a wee bit of statistics - temporary fluctuations do not negate a long term trend. Any moron with basic math should know that. The cause of the flatness is a huge topic in climate science which is good. It means the theories and models are wrong and need revising. That's good science - not blind faith inviting us to ignore the obvious because of our gut feelings and what some idiot on the TV says.


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