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Are Climate Emergency Actions by the United States Reasonable?

I am a serious amateur who has been independently researching and writing about climate issues since 2009.

Photo compiled by Robert Kernodle symbolizing US climate change emergency actions in question

Photo compiled by Robert Kernodle symbolizing US climate change emergency actions in question

This article encourages readers to make a reasonable examination of facts, to form rational judgments based on these facts, and to take sensible actions grounded in rational judgments based on the facts.

Definition of Reasonable

reasonable - adjective - (of a person) having sound judgment; fair and sensible.

synonyms: rational, logical, intelligent, wise, levelheaded, practical, realistic, based on good sense, well thought out, well grounded, valid

Keeping this understanding of "reasonable" in mind, consider whether widespread worry about human-caused climate change is justified. Consider whether evidence supports the claim that climate is changing catastrophically. Consider whether current tools that provide future projections of catastrophic climate change really work. Consider whether theoretical ideas underlying worry and future projections are correct.

Do The Facts Provide Evidence of Catastrophic Climate Change?

People who worry about the future of planet Earth frequently cite unusually rising temperatures, accelerating sea level rise, abnormal extreme weather, increased frequency of wildfires or droughts, and dire climate model forecasts.

Real-world data and analyses, however, simply do not justify such claims.

This might come as a shock to those who feel solidly grounded in a greatly publicized popular viewpoint. I would suggest that an even greater shock should arise from realizing that this popular viewpoint rests on shoddy evidence, on shoddy science, and, most importantly, on shoddy journalism that ignores or misrepresents real knowledge, for the sake of feeding readers falsely sensationalized stories.

Photo compiled by Robert G Kernodle showing climate emergency news headlines

Photo compiled by Robert G Kernodle showing climate emergency news headlines

United States Acting Without Careful Consideration?

Despite real-world data and analyses showing that unusual or extreme changes are not happening, much of the United States has pledged time, money, and resources to combat perceived threats to humanity that simply do not stand up to any standard of correct assessment. Twenty-one states, 141 cities and counties, 1361 businesses and investors, 589 institutions of higher learning, and an unlisted number of faith-based organizations support the well-known Paris Agreement.

Based on what is really known, all these people and organizations appear to be gravely mistaken, and their mistakes could harm, rather than help, developed civilization.

US states, cities, and businesses supporting the Paris Agreement

US states, cities, and businesses supporting the Paris Agreement

What Is Really Known

Based on data gathered by various professional organizations dedicated to collecting it, and based on expert analyses carried out in the most logical way:

  • temperatures around the world are not increasing unusually
  • sea level is not rising at an accelerated rate
  • extreme weather is not more frequent and not more severe
  • wildfires and droughts are not more prevalent than in the past
  • climate model projections are practically useless
  • the Paris Agreement accomplishes nothing
  • 100% renewable energy is not feasible.

In sum, there is no climate emergency. There is no climate catastrophe looming. There is no existential threat to the human race because of human-caused climate change. There is no need for policies and technology overhauls aimed at averting a problem that does not exist.

Why so many people think otherwise is a consequence of persuasive rhetoric, founded on exaggerated beliefs and mishandled information, transmitted over a vast communication network of shared experiences unlike any in the history of humanity.

More people are alive now than at any other time. More people are communicating openly with each other about the most poignant, private, personal troubles or fears of their lives. More people are experiencing hardships due to ordinary weather events. More news media than ever before are sensationalizing human struggle.

In other words, the number of people experiencing and communicating the impacts of natural forces has increased. The number (extent, severity) of natural forces themselves has not.