Now, the Defense Department is dealing with ridicule and strong criticism over an embarrassing “climate” report produced by consultants a decade ago that was wrong about literally everything. Lawmakers, too, are getting fed up with the “climate” antics, with the House voting to prohibit any more Pentagon spending on Obama’s increasingly outlandish global-warming alarmism.
The silly 2003 Pentagon document was widely cited by global-warming theorists and the establishment press as evidence that humanity was facing certain doom and that alleged man-made “climate change” was a “national security concern.” This week, though, the dubious report is in the headlines again after every single one of the apocalyptic scenarios it envisioned proved to be wildly off the mark. By now, under the pseudo-scientific “not implausible” scare-mongering outlined in the report, the world should be a total disaster zone.
Among other outlandish scenarios envisioned in the report: California would be flooded with inland seas, parts of the Netherlands would be “unlivable,” polar ice would be all but gone in the summers, and temperatures would be surging. Mass increases in hurricanes, tornadoes, and other natural disasters, meanwhile, were supposed to be wreaking havoc across the globe. All of that would supposedly spark resource wars and all sorts of other horrors.
Well, the decade is up. Unsurprisingly, like virtually every claim made by government-funded global-warming theorists over the last two decades, none of the scary scenarios ever came to pass. In fact, ironically, there has been no warming for almost 18 years and counting based on the global temperature record, even as carbon dioxide emissions continue. Polar sea ice is at record levels. Tornadoes and hurricanes are at unusually low levels, and, of course, California is not drowning in inland seas. Even United Nations climate alarmists admit those facts.
"Its predictions did not come true, of course. Yet the document is still cited by the global warming industry, as if it had not been just another propaganda piece," noted liberty-minded economist and pundit Gary North in The Tea Party Economist, who regularly lambastes the global-warming theorists and their anti-freedom crusades. "Nobody should have paid any attention to this in 2003.... Yet there are still millions of people who still take seriously this nonsense. The propaganda keeps coming."
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