In The Gazette of July 8, Admiral Titley writes of the threats to national security posed by climate change, also known as "global warming."
Titley is well-known for his advocacy of the dangers of human-caused global warming, but he has forsaken his training as a scientist by using his military service to lend legitimacy to his fear-mongering. It is well-known that there has been no measurable global warming for nearly 18 years, a fact not disputed by even the most ardent believers in the role of carbon dioxide, whose atmospheric concentration has continued to rise as the global temperature stays flat.
Titley surely knows this. His global temperature references are simply wrong and, I think, intentionally deceptive. The reference to "long-term average" of global temperatures is meaningless absent specific numbers and time periods. Sea level rise is consistently observed to be far less than predicted by computer models, included in the most recent IPCC report. The frequently-mentioned extreme weather events cannot be attributed to global warming, because there has been no global warming for so long — simple as that.
Many climate scientists have recently achieved popularity, some would say notoriety, by linking nonexistent global warming to national security threats, drought, floods, sea level rise and then proposing exorbitantly expensive solutions to mitigate these imaginary effects.
Politicians friendly to the environmental left have responded with regulatory and wealth-transferring schemes that neither the developed nor undeveloped world can afford. We must not allow our energy policies to be transformed by the anti-development and science-denying forces of liberal collectivism so popular in recent years.