Ghost Hunters Meteorological: Seeking the Elusive Global Warming Ghost

A tautological statement is one that is always accurate no matter what happens.  For example, a happy, expecting couple asks their OB/GYN on their very first visit to identify the gender of their baby, and the doctor says, “Well, it’s too early to tell, but one thing is for sure, it’s either going to be a boy or a girl.”  That’s an example of a tautology.  Or if a guy asks a beautiful woman out on a date, and she says, “I’m not sure, but I’ll think about it…maybe I will and maybe I won’t.”  That’s another tautology.

The quintessential example of a tautology is the global warming hoax.  I’m not sure when I first heard this word applied to so-called man-made global warming (AGW), but it is an extremely appropriate way to characterize this modern myth.  Whatever the climatological extreme, the answer is always the same.   If the weather anywhere on the globe is unusually wet OR dry, it’s immediately identified as certifiable proof of global warming.  If there’s a heat wave OR a cold snap, again the AGW sycophants will point to global warming.  There is apparently nothing that can disprove this fallacy.  That means that global warming perfectly illustrates Karl Popper’s principle of falsifiability, which states, “what is unfalsifiable is classified as unscientific.”    

As a result of such unscientific theories, we get news reports like the one below (SEE VIDEO) from CBS News that had the unmitigated gall to blame our nation’s recent artic blast on global warming. 

As you watched this video, did you catch the fact that Dr. Michio Kaku is not a climatologist? And what about his absurd claim that “the North Pole is melting?”

In his Hot Air article Global Warming’s Glorious Ship of Fools, Mark Stein’s humorously nails it:

The warm-mongers are indeed ‘stuck in our own experiment’. Frozen to their doomsday narrative like Jeff Daniels with his tongue stuck to the ski lift in Dumb and Dumber, the Big Climate enforcers will still not brook anyone rocking their boat. In December 2008 Al Gore predicted the ‘entire North Polar ice cap will be gone in five years’. That would be December last year. Oh, sure, it’s still here, but he got the general trend-line correct, didn’t he? Arctic sea ice, December 2008: 12.5 million square kilometers; Arctic sea ice, December 2013: 12.5 million square kilometers.

Recently, on Feb. 12, 2014, Popular provided a list of “1350+ peer-reviewed papers supporting skeptic arguments against anthropogenic climate change/anthropogenic global warming alarm.”  That hardly proves the alleged scientific consensus for man-made global warming.

Never mind the fact that there has also been no measurable global warming on record for the last 17 years and counting, which means that there is no minor child alive today who has actually witnessed the elusive “ghost” of global warming.  Perhaps the Syfy channel will produce a new spin-off of their Ghost Hunter’s franchise:  Ghost Hunters Meteorological.   

Based on a paucity of empirical evidence, the man-made global warming mob basically has two options:   1.)  Admit their error, but that won’t happen because liberals are “never wrong,”  or 2.) They can play a game of semantic sleight of hand; Hence, the pro-governmental control freaks have pulled a little bait and switch and are now referring to global warming as “climate change.”  This revision of the nomenclature may fool some, but it really says/means nothing; it merely states the obvious.  As we all know, the climate has and always will change over the years.  Long live the tautological nonsense that is man-made global warming.       

Since we’re talking about abject “scientific” foolishness, please indulge me in a little humorous diversion of my own.  When we’re battling the global warming ghosts, who we gonna call?  Ghost busters!  Just like the 1986 blockbuster movie by the same name, we need more educated citizens who are willing take their proton packs of truth and use the neutrino wand to contain these deceptions wherever they ghoulishly pop up.

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Jeff Allen is both a senior editor and columnist for BarbWire. He also serves as senior pastor in a mainline Christian church in Indiana. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jeff is involved in several community ministries.

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