Biden warns young people ‘damned’ if his green policies thwarted & makes wildly wrong climate claims – Point-by-point rebuttal by Climate Depot
Climate Depot Special Report
Climate Depot Reality Check to Biden:
President Joe Biden made remarkably uninformed and inaccurate climate comments in a TV interview on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” hosted by former Obama aide Kal Penn in March 2023 and invoked the hell and brimstone imagery of “a whole generation damned” if his climate policies are not implemented. Despite the fact that Biden’s policies would not even measurably impact global CO2 levels, See: Analysis by Dr. Roger Pielke Jr: Biden’s 50% emissions reduction target for 2030 (if achieved) would have a ‘nearly unmeasurable’ impact on overall global CO2 emissions
Here is what Biden said, and what follows is a Climate Depot point-by-point rebuttal to each of Biden’s claims.
Biden: "Mother Nature let her wrath be seen over the last 2 years. For example, I've traveled on helicopter over more forest area burned to the ground than the entire state of Md. … If we don’t keep the temperature from going above 1.5C, then … [a] whole generation is damned" pic.twitter.com/hUJ9QTKQ83
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 14, 2023
Biden Claim: “If we don’t keep the temperature from going above 1.5C, then … [a] whole generation is damned”
Book reveals UN’s goal of ‘2 degree’ limit of ‘global warming’ has no scientific basis – ‘Pulled out of thin air’
Book Excerpt: In 2007, Jones emailed, “The 2 deg C limit is talked about by a lot within Europe. It is never defined though what it means. Is it 2 deg C for globe or for Europe? Also when is/was the base against which 2 deg C is calculated from? I know you don’t know the answer, but I don’t either! I think it is plucked out of thin air.”
“Two degrees is not a magical limit—it’s clearly a political goal,” says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
Professor Roger Pielke Jr. explained in 2017 that the 2-degree goal “is an arbitrary round number that was politically convenient. So it became a sort of scientific truth. However, it has little scientific basis but is a hard political reality.”
Pielke Jr. on 1.5C temperature target: ‘There was essentially no science behind it’ – ‘More grounded in political aspirations than in science’
Biden Claim: A “whole generation is damned.”
Reality Check: Biden is invoking a long history of activists pushing a form of climate religion using the language of religion.
Global warming religion advances: ‘Sin, guilt, tithes, penance, punishment, sacrifice, and now we have the sacred peer-reviewed scriptures’
WRATH OF GOD ON CLIMATE SKEPTICS: NYT Warmist Paul Krugman to those whose ‘deny’ global warming: ‘May you be punished in the afterlife for doing so’ — Calls ‘denial’ an ‘almost inconceivable sin’
Biden Claim: “Mother Nature let her wrath be seen over the last 2 years.”
Extreme Weather expert Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: “In a few words, extreme weather in 2022 in the U.S. has been — well, pretty normal. Some extreme weather phenomena occurred at a rate or intensity greater than historical averages, but many occurred less. There have been and there will again be many years with far more extreme weather than we’ve seen in 2022.
In addition, Physicist Dr. Ralph Alexander summed up weather extremes in 2023: Mainstream Media Jump on ‘Mistaken Belief’ That Extreme Weather Caused by Climate Change – ‘Actual data reveals…downward’ trend
Biden: “We can do solar, we can do wind cheaper than we can do fossil fuels”
$100 billion spent by U.S. to stop climate change called ‘the greatest ripoff in American history’ as CO2 emissions continue to rise – Analysis by Stephen Moore
Biden: “I’ve traveled on helicopter over more forest area burned to the ground than the entire state of Md.”
Dr. Pielke Jr.: “For fire, 2022 was just about average since 2000 in terms of the number of fires, acres burned, and acres per fire.”
Dr. Pielke Jr.: The graph below shows a much longer-term perspective for the continuous U.S. over the past 100 years. Under this metric (the PSDI) drought across the lower-48 has actually decreased a bit on that time scale, but the trend is small. Once again the 1930s heavily influence any longer-term trend analysis.
Another perspective can be found in the graph below, which shows the proportion of the U.S. that is abnormally dry or abnormally wet.
Again, there is little hint of strong trends in the data, but there is some reason to believe that 2022 saw less areas of extreme wetness than observed earlier this century and throughout the longer-term record.
One interesting fact about extreme weather in the U.S. is that much of the past decade has seen below average tornado activity. You can see that in the figure below.
If you take a close look at the table in the upper-left of the graph, you’ll see that 10 of the past 11 years have seen below average tornado activity (since 2005), with 2022 (in red) continuing that trend. The last really big tornado year was 2011.
Updated from Simmons et al. 2013.
Source: NOAA NWS SPC
The 2022 North Atlantic hurricane season underperformed compared to seasonal forecasts published earlier this year. You can see that in the graph of cumulative ACE below (via Colorado State University). ACE refers to Accumulated Cyclone Energy and integrates intensity and frequency of storm activity.
Most metrics of North Atlantic hurricane activity were close to average or below average
Also see Pielke Jr.’s analyses:
What the media won’t tell you about . . .
Pielke Jr. & Maue: Just the Facts on Global Hurricanes: More storms? Fewer but more intense? More landfalls? No, No & No
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. & Dr. Ryan Maue: “In 2022 there were 18 total landfalling tropical cyclones of at least hurricane strength around the world, of which 5 were major hurricanes. Since 1970 the median values are 16 total hurricanes, with 5 of major hurricane strength. So 2022 was very close to the median of the past half century.” … “The figure below shows no long-term trends in hurricanes or major hurricanes.”
BBC: Predictions say were Doomed! Warns of ‘increase’ of ‘catastrophic flooding…at any moment’ – But last sentence admits ‘there has as yet been no such increase’
BBC: Millions face threat of flooding from glacial lakes – Excerpt: Up to 15 million people face risk of catastrophic flooding from glacial lakes which could burst their natural dams at any moment, a new study finds.
But the very LAST SENTENCE OF BBC article concedes: “While scientists expect that glacial floods will increase as a result of human-induced climate change, there has as yet been no such increase.”
Biden Claim: Biden says climate change could cause Colorado River to dry up during ritzy DNC dinner: ‘Not a joke’ – Biden made a number of off-the-cuff comments about climate change including one about the Colorado River drying up. “You’re not going to be able to drink out of the Colorado River,” Biden said to a crowd of about 60 people. He also likened climate change to nuclear war as a “truly existential threat” facing the country. “Not a joke,” the president added.
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. cites peer-reviewed scientific studies and data to reveal the Colorado River basin has seen much worse drought in the past.
Here is Colorado River Basin drought 1901-2015
via McCabe et al 2020
And for a much longer perspective, here is Colorado River Basin drought over the past 1800 years
Also from McCabe et al 2020
Here are the conclusions of McCabe et al 2020
Well worth reading carefully
And here is what the US National Climate Assessment concluded on drought in 2018