Obama Administration’s Statement on New IPCC Report

Scott Shugarts | Nov 07, 2013

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On Friday, September 27th, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its Working Group Report on the Physical Science Basis of Climate Change.  In conjunction, President Obama released his own statement concerning the report.

In the statement, President Obama reaffirms his administration’s acknowledgement of the scientific community’s belief in human-driven climate change.  Specifically, the statement points to the report’s conclusion that “the Earth’s climate is changing in ways not explainable by natural variability and that the primary cause is emission of heat-trapping substances by human activities.” 

The statement recognizes the work that has gone into the report, including five years of research by scientists from across the globe, asserting that the report “represents the most comprehensive and authoritative synthesis of scientific knowledge about global climate change ever generated.”  The statement notes U.S. investments that enabled many of the scientific findings that provide the basis of the report, as well as the American scientists – both government and private – who contributed to the report.

While the president’s statement genuinely endorses the IPCC’s report and the work of the IPCC in general, this release is basically an encouraging “thumbs up” to the panel.  Earlier this month the Obama Administration, via the Environmental Protection Agency, proposed stricter carbon emission rules for power plants, to be implemented in 2014.  On June 28th of this year, President Obama gave a speech detailing plans and goals of his energy strategy.  Indeed, the direction of his administration’s energy policy has not deviated through most of his presidency - and incidentally, those policies are widely supported

The administration has already taken real action toward achieving its goals, including proposing stricter carbon emission regulations, raising automobile fuel standards, and making significant investments in energy and technology businesses through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  The statement supporting the IPCC’s report, while surely appreciated by the IPCC, signals no new policies or actions that will tangibly affect governmental policy or procedure.

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Considering the regimes difficulty with the truth, not too surprising the endorsement of science-fiction.

Michael,
If you believe the IPCC report is simply science fiction, you might want to invest in beachfront property in Florida. Bargain prices are bond to be had, given all that crazy scare-talk by scientists about rising seas and stronger storms. Good luck!

... And the number of major hurricanes hitting the US over the last several years? So much for the predictions of catastrophe.

Well, the temperature surely must be following the climate models predictions! Well, actually no. More or less "off-scale low".

There is little doubt the IPCC report has turned into nothing more than a religious document, with science and reason abandoned long ago in favor of political fanaticism.

Micheal, your blustering nonsense is a clear indication that your slip is showing.

From Science Daily Sep. 27, 2013, Human Influence On Climate Clear, IPCC Report Says

"It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century. The evidence for this has grown, thanks to more and better observations, an improved understanding of the climate system response and improved climate models.
Warming in the climate system is unequivocal and since 1950 many changes have been observed throughout the climate system that are unprecedented over decades to millennia. Each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at Earth's surface than any preceding decade since 1850, reports the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC Working Group I assessment report, Climate Change 2013: the Physical Science Basis, approved on Friday by member governments of the IPCC "

There is virtually no proper statistical evidence to support the nonsensical IPCC statements concerning catastrophic climate change caused by man placing CO2 into the atmosphere. Stating that man may be causing some warming ( or maybe not) does not remotely equate to catastrophe.

Well President Obama does not have much of a track record for getting anything right. Does not even seem able to get the much lauded Obamacare site working properly after gazillions of dollars spent. so credibility is hovering around the zero to none. I am equally sceptical of pontifications about the IPCC from el presidente as I am about the IPCC itself.

Most of the blustering nonsense comes from the IPCC itself which has failed to explain why none of the predictions they have made have occurred. If the climate models are so good and so improved how is it that they cannot seem to predict anything with any more certainty than tossing a coin.

Science is all about predicting outcomes given a set of inputs. We know the strength of the Gravitational pull of the Earth because we can measure it and we can therefore predict the acceleration due to gravity at 32 ft/sec/sec. Applying IPCC accuracy to the gravitational pull of the Earth one could expect the acceleration due to gravity to be any random number from 1 to 1000. In other words - guesswork will give you a better result.

I seem to recall various statements regarding increasing strength and voracity of Caribbean Hurricanes because of the unrelenting heating of the waters of the Atlantic. There have been none of any significance this year and unlikely to be any this late in the season. So much for predictions.

The IPCC is a political organisation and any science there is is bent to suit the desired political outcome. There are many scientists who offer alternate theories than the singular one the IPCC uses and their views are all but ignored. That is the key sign of a politically driven organisation. If it was scientific it would consider ALL possibilities. It doesn;t therefore it is driven solely by politics and applies science ONLY when it seems to provide the results to bolster its political agenda.

A farce from start to finish.

Malcolm