“Al Gore to Connect Climate Change to Beetle Kill” and other dumb news stories.

Three new contenders for the “Dumbest News Story on Global Warming” competition. This promises to be a vintage year for such stories, as desperation mounts to breath new life into the increasingly discredited theory of anthropogenic global warming.

First up we have this masterpiece of innuendo and petitio principii which starts:

Weird mass animal deaths are occurring all over the world. Birds and fish are suddenly dying in huge numbers. It is both creepy and alarming that a definitive cause of all the animal deaths has not yet been identified. Could global warming somehow be linked to these incidents? It is believed to be causing abnormal weather patterns all over the world.

And ends by hoping that if a link can be engineered somehow between global warming and bird deaths, it will result in radical changes to the way people live:

If changing climates can be linked to animal deaths will it  change the way Americans live? Will people stop driving huge SUVs that put a lot of toxins in the air that contribute to global warming? Will they care more about funding research about global warming?

8,000 Turtle Doves Die in Italy: Linked to Global Warming?

. . . Again with the radical changes to lifestyle demand. Of course, mass bird deaths are not a new phenomenon at all, as this report from 1969 proves (hat tip: Jimbo).

Next is this article from Real Aspen newsletter, announcing “Al Gore to Connect Climate Change to Beetle Kill” (no, really), and laying out his plans for a speech to blame global warming for killing trees!

Former Vice President Al Gore will be in Aspen in February to attend what’s believed to be one of the first major public symposiums linking global climate change to the deteriorating health of forestland in the American West due to ongoing insect infestations and the growing threat of wildfire.

“Forests At Risk: Climate Change & the Future of the American West” is scheduled for Feb. 18 at the Doerr-Hosier Center on the campus of the Aspen Institute. Gore, a Democrat, Nobel laureate and Oscar-winning advocate for reversing the impacts of global climate change, will be the keynote speaker.

Real Aspen, Al Gore to Connect Climate Change to Beetle Kill

And lastly, this must-read story entitled Weep For the Polar Bears which repeats the truly ludicrous and laughable suggestions that melting ice is leading to polar bears drowning:

Once again, as is the case of global warming, those who cause the least pollution are left to suffer the greatest brunt of its effects.

And yes, the polar bears are suffering. These chemicals cause reproduction and neurological problem, problems exacerbated by the fact that global warming is already putting a downward pressure on the polar bear population forcing them to swim further for food and increasingly starving or drowning to death.

Weep For the Polar Bears.

You have to wonder – do they really believe this stuff, or do they recognize it for the nonsensical propaganda that it is, but hope that the innocent and credulous (i.e. children) will be swayed by emotion to follow them?

11 responses to ““Al Gore to Connect Climate Change to Beetle Kill” and other dumb news stories.

  1. ‘Could global warming somehow be linked to these incidents? It is believed to be causing abnormal weather patterns all over the world.’

    Well, yes it could, if you believe that wildlife is so incredibly sensitive to the statistically insignificant rise in temperature we have apparently experienced over the last 30 years; and find a way to equate that fact with these events taking place in areas experiencing extreme cold.

    I never tire of people describing trace gases essential for life as ‘toxins’ being ‘pumped’ into the air. One wonders if they understand where the atmosphere’s CO2 originates. I wish I could stick this blog post under their noses.

  2. …do they really believe this stuff, or do they recognize it for the nonsensical propaganda that it is…

    The answer, I’m pretty sure, is: neither of the above.

    Those would seem to be the only two logical possibilities, but from the reading I have done, we need to look beyond logic and rationality to explain the Warmist mentality, which runs something like this:

    These are people who from an early age were made acutely aware of inequality and injustice, and grew up with a strong emotional drive to counter these characteristics wherever they found them.

    Inequality and injustice, in their view, divides people into 2 categories — Oppressors and Victims. And the mechanism which creates and maintains this status is The System (government and particularly capitalism.)

    Hence, in the consuming emotional drive to root out inequality and injustice, The System must be smashed.

    Along comes a theory which states that capitalist industry (Oppressors) is callously pumping out gases which are bound to destroy the planet, with the greatest burden to be felt by the poor and the animals (Victims).

    Could there ever be a more perfect scenario than this noble crusade, perfectly aligned with their emotional needs?

    So they don’t ask (at a rational level) whether they believe something; it suits their belief system (at an emotional level) and so it becomes ‘true’.

    This is why Warmists:

    1) emit so much bizarre balderdash with a straight face
    2) will do whatever it takes to achieve their chosen result
    3) are unswayed by arguments posed at the rational level
    4) always illustrate their points using hapless Victims (polar bears, beetles, Ugandans)
    5) spew such vitriol at ‘deniers’ (read ‘Oppressors and their puppets’)
    6) believe that the ‘denialist’ movement is funded by Big Oil (the ultimate Oppressors)

  3. Al Gore said: “If changing climates can be linked to animal deaths will it change the way Americans live? ”

    He is yet to prove the way Americans live is changing the climate.

    What these people need to understand is that weather is not climate. Whether it is unexpected warmth or unexpected cold, storms, droughts or whatever you’ve got to give it 30 years before it becomes climate. They are being distracted from the challenges that face us on a daily basis caused by weather. And it is weather we should be concerned with and prepared for because it is weather that kills people not climate.

    Cyclones and hurricanes are not climate events – They are smeared to invisibility by the averaging processes. But it is those serious storms that kill people and can cause huge damage.

    Given the UK’s mania for wind turbines what would we do in 20 years time when all the current coal power has gone and there was a cold snap? We wouldn’t have enough electricity. On paper, if averages happen, we’d be okay perhaps, but the real world is variable. The technocrats and politicians are looking at computer screens and trend lines. Look out the window!

  4. BIRD DEATHS

    BBC – 7 January 2011
    “But experts insist that what is going on is not that unusual and that the incidents are unconnected. ….But the die-off, which took place on New Year’s Eve, was most likely caused by fireworks, local experts say. “

    AP 7 January 2011
    “The reality, say biologists, is that these mass die-offs happen all the time and usually are unrelated….Federal records show they happen on average every other day somewhere in North America. Usually, we don’t notice them and don’t try to link them to each other.”

    Back into time:

    1969
    Mystery bird death toll rises

  5. BEETLES AND ASPEN TREES:

    WSJ – 15 October 2009
    Researchers believe they understand why the beetles have been thriving. Temperatures in the mountains have been unusually warm over the past several winters, and it takes a long, hard freeze to kill beetle larvae. Also, decades of logging restrictions and a policy of fighting most fires rather than letting them burn have left the forests full of the century-old lodgepole pines that are the beetles’ favorite nosh.

    New York Times – October 18, 2010
    “The good news is that the phenomenon known as sudden aspen decline, or SAD, appears to have stabilized, Dr. Worrall and other researchers say. Individual trees are still dying, since the process can take years to unfold, but many stands of trees are holding their ground against any new onset……..Wetter, cooler seasons since then — more to the aspen’s liking — have halted SAD’s spread. Other evidence supports the weather as the cause.”

  6. “…the fact that global warming is already putting a downward pressure on the polar bear population forcing them to swim further for food and increasingly starving or drowning to death.”

    POLAR BEAR POPULATION:

    1950s = 5,000
    2005 = 20,000 – 25,000
    Sources

    Polar bear shot dead after 200-mile swim

    Polar bears have survived an ice-free Arctic ocean during the past ~10,000.
    See here, here and here.

    “About 1,000 polar bears are killed by hunters annually worldwide.”
    Source

    Daily Telegraph – 9 March 2007
    “Polar bears ‘thriving as the Arctic warms up'”
    In the Davis Strait area, a 140,000-square kilometre region, the polar bear population has grown from 850 in the mid-1980s to 2,100 today.

    “There aren’t just a few more bears. There are a hell of a lot more bears,” said Mitch Taylor, a polar bear biologist who has spent 20 years studying the animals.

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  9. Here is something I just found which smacks down Gore’s beetle nonsense:

    W.H. Romme et. al.
    Recent Forest Insect Outbreaks and Fire Risk
    in Colorado Forests: A Brief Synthesis of Relevant Research
    [pdf]

    There is no evidence to support the idea that current levels of bark beetle or defoliator activity in Colorado’s lodgepole pine and spruce-fir forests are unnaturally high. The outbreaks now taking place in Colorado are similar in intensity and ecological effects to previously documented outbreaks in the Rocky Mountains.”

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