Brittany Todd, Sierra Business Council Communications Manager, writes:
Coming to the Table: A Way Forward on the Sierra’s Toughest Issues
As the 2014 election season came to a close many of us were left reflecting on our divisive political system. How did we come to a point where even the most straightforward of questions becomes politicized? With so many looming issues, from climate change, to the spread of disease, to international military conflicts, . . .
Let’s focus on the global warming issue, since the spread of disease and international conflicts seem to be beyond the Sierra Business Council’s ability to influence, nor are they critical Sierra issues. On the other hand they have taken on the mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Northern California.
Ms Todd goes on:
. . . following the Vision Awards Ceremony I found myself in deep conversation with a county supervisor, the head of a conservation group, and a fellow SBC staff member, discussing whether there’s any value in taking local action on climate change when the global picture seems so grim. In my mind there was a clear answer, “Of course we should be taking action at every level to mitigate and adapt to climate change, be it local, statewide, federal, or global, and preferably all four!” That, however, was the thinking of a naive ideologue, one that hasn’t experienced the ins and outs of funding local government action. It was a worthwhile discussion, one that seemed to have a profound effect on each of us at the table.
One wonders who was the clueless “naive ideologue” at the table. The writer, SBC staff member, the conservationist, or the county supervisor?
The SBC can discuss climate change all they want around the dinner table, but the facts remain there has been no global warming from the last 18 years, according to satellite measurements.
Output of 33 IPCC models (turquoise) compared with measured RSS global temperature change (black), 1979-2014. The transient coolings caused by the volcanic eruptions of Chichón (1983) and Pinatubo (1991) are shown, as is the spike in warming caused by the great el Niño of 1998.
We could discuss how the general circulation models have failed to represent the real climate change. Who is the SBC going to believe, the models or the real world data. All the discussion at the SBC table cannot change the facts. No warming for 18 years while CO2 continues to increase. What is the connection?
H/T to Sierra Foothills Report for the SBC article tip.
Update( 03:10, 11-16-14)
Steven Frisch posted this at Jeff Pelline’s blog in answer to this post. There more, but let’s focus on my intent vs the perception, making most of the rest not relevant.
Ray: I think the answer is really quite simple, Russ is not interested in a serious conversation and is incapable of engaging in one with real intellectual honesty, as evidenced by the fact that he glossed over the key point that Ms. Todd’s post was making, that we should be having these discussions, even between people who disagree, on a regular basis in order to find common ground on values.
Russ elected instead to imply that Ms. Todd, representing SBC, was not factual.
My answer: I did not imply that Ms. Todd was not factual, only that she missed the point, as did Steven. The validity of the climate change argument is not about seeking “common ground on values” it is about the facts. The point I was making is that all the talk around the table seeking common ground will not change the data upon which facts are based on. The satellite data shows no warming for the last 18 years. The surface record does show some warming, mainly from the urban heat island (UHI) influence on the historical climate records.
Here is an example of UHI from Sydney
Climate experts say that UHI barely affects temperatures, like the 21 lanes of asphalt at the Sydney observatory baking the adjacent thermometer.
Over the past 20 years, surface temperatures in Sydney have risen about half a degree, while satellite temperatures in that grid cell have fallen.
H/T to Real Science
Bottom line is that talking about common ground on values will not change the facts of climate change. I will be glad to sit around the table and talk about the facts.