JACK SPENCER: The road to losing is paved with missed opportunities

WSPENCER MUGhat’s worse; mismanaging information or failing to take advantage of it due to not recognizing its potential value? Voters can’t be blamed for leaning one way or another regarding various issues if those who represent opposing views don’t offer their best arguments.

Great Lakes refutation of climate crisis nonsense, a tale that needs to be told

Michigan is at the center of a stunning illustration of climate crisis dogma being exposed as hollow unscientific balderdash. What has occurred should stand as a humbling embarassment to advocates of manmade climate change. Instead; because communications among those who distain climate crisis propaganda is splintered and uncoordinated the story remains hidden and the opportunity untapped.

For over a decade climate crisis propagandists cited low Great Lakes water levels as evidence that human activity was fouling up nature. In doing so, these propagandists ignored geological research revealing a longstanding pattern of Great Lakes high and low water level periods. They ignored that even within the brief – less than 100 years of measuring and monitoring – lower levels were recorded in the 1920s, 1930s and 1960s. In addition, they ignored that, according to geologists, the Great Lakes underwent more drastic water level fluctuations only a few hundred years ago.

All that mattered to the climate crisis propagandists was that large segments of the public remained ignorant of these clear and unambiguous facts. They just kept on doing what they always do – exploiting a phase of a recurring natural cycle to bolster their claims.

Then, in the past couple of years, Great Lakes water levels did precisely what they’ve repeatedly done for thousands of years – they rebounded. The levels are now higher than the average levels humans have recorded over the very short time they’ve been keeping track.

After years of screaming that the low water levels were symptomatic of manmade global warming, how did the climate crisis propagandists react once they’d risen? Whenever their supposed evidence of manmade global warming goes awry, the propagandists play the “isn’t it weird card” as a diversionary tactic. They focused on the speed of which the water levels had come up.

The propagandists attempted to make the rapid water level increase an issue, arguing that the quick rise was bizarre and unnatural. Surely, they said, the surge in water levels served to show just how much humans were messing up the climate. But this ploy proved to be a house of straw. Just 65 years ago, between 1950 and 1951, the Great Lakes levels had risen even faster.

The rise in Great Lakes water levels does not disprove the theory of manmade global warming. The diabolical truth is that proving or disproving such a theory would take thousands of years and multiple generations. What the water level rebound did was lay bare the climate crisis crowd’s propensity for claiming short term conditions that are neither unusual nor extreme as evidence of manmade global warming.

The Great Lakes are a major, unique and easily recognizable feature of the Earth. The rise in their levels – in the face of climate crisis adherents’ insistence that the low levels were caused by manmade global warming – should provide a powerful object lesson. It is an example of a central and much repeated climate crisis theme totally collapsing. No amount of weaseling or doubletalk can alter that reality.

Those who oppose the climate crisis mantra ought to be taking advantage of this. The Great Lakes water level story should be trumpeted loudly and aggressively nationwide. However, that doesn’t seem to be happening. In fact, it seems likely that in various parts of the U.S. and Canada, climate crisis propagandists are still telling people the Great Lakes are drying up and getting away with the lie.

Meanwhile, climate crisis adherents exploit the California draught and every storm and hurricane as though such phenomenon hadn’t always been a feature of the planet. An antidote to this drivel is available – and it’s as large as the Great Lakes. The question is whether those who have a vested interest in “getting the word out” will grasp the story’s significance and finally do so.

Another story that needs to be told

An important fact that should be widely publicized – but is not – is the degree to which wind power is mostly fossil fuels. Coal and natural gas are supposedly used to “back-up” wind turbines in the production of electricity. However, the use of the term “back-up” is almost laughable. Wind is the source of roughly one-third of the energy produced by “wind power.” Fossil fuels provide 60 to 70 percent.

The reason for this is that wind isn’t reliable. The electricity that comes through the outlets in our homes has to be steady; it can’t operate in surges when the wind blows interspersed by long periods of no electricity at all when it doesn’t.

Energy experts know this but don’t go out of their way to acknowledge it to the public. This is at least understandable regarding the many that have a financial or political interest in advancing wind power. Yet, there are some who despise wind power but seem oblivious to the potential impact of the general public finding out that wind power is mostly fossil fuels.

All that’s required for peddlers of misinformation to triumph is those who know better missing opportunities to set the record straight.

Jack Spencer is Capitol Affairs Specialist for Capitol Confidential, an online newsletter by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

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Jack Spencer is Capitol Affairs Specialist for Capitol Confidential, an online newsletter by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

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