It’s time to ask an important question! When people talk of climate change, what does that contrast with, in terms of the ideal? Is it climate constant?
Washington Post political correspondent Karen Tumulty once said in an interview that “every fifth grader could tell you that climate change refers to unpredictable weather patterns.” What she did not tell everyone is what predictable weather patterns that indicate a normal climate looks like. Let’s go one step further and say that perhaps every third grader knows that climate change refers to unpredictable weather patterns, that still leaves a lot of unanswered questions concerning climate change.
Once upon a time global warming was promulgated as the major threat to the world, then without any explanation, the danger switched from global warming to climate change. Today climate change stands as the only field of scientific study that is not open to criticism or reexamination. The science is settled they tell us. No dissenting voices are allowed. It does not matter what the credentials of anyone who questions the dogma of climate change as an existential threat to humanity and the earth may be. That person is to be banished from the halls of academia, and the labs of scientific research. That individual is rendered as persona non grata for daring to question the certitude that humanity is in danger of extinction, and that the world is about to be destroyed by climate change.
So let us go back to the question asked earlier on, climate change as opposed to what, climate constant? If every modern day weather extreme that we experience is a sign that the world is about to end, the experts have to tell us what the specifics are of a climate that is not experiencing change, or a climate that is normal. How do citizens identify normal climate?
Instead of laying out broad vague terms like “fix the climate,” or “getting the climate under control,” they have to tell the world what the standard will be to determine that the climate has indeed been fixed if all of the recommended remedies are applied.
To be more specific, the experts will have to let everyone know exactly how many hurricanes per year they sonsider as a sign of a climate under control. Will it be the same for the different locations around the world that do experience hurricanes. They will also have to let us know what constant is for the amount, and category strength of hurricanes that are acceptable during particulars years, but that is not all. They will have to do the same and give specific numbers for tornadoes in each of the states where these spectacular, dangerous wonders of nature take place every year. What is the acceptable margin of error?
That will still not be enough though. Someone will need to explain approximately what temperature range would be considered as normal during different times of the year. What exactly would be the acceptable constant temperature patterns in the summer months? How high should the temperature be during each month, and exactly how much seasonal overlap into the other months and seasons is acceptable.
In the last few years, there has been some really unusual weather in the winter months, with some places across the U.S. experiencing some extremely cold weather while in other places at other times it has been unusually mild. If all of these weather phenomena are signs of the scourge of climate change, then the climate pundits would need to articulate what the goal should be in terms of a climate that has been tamed. What is the constant that indicates winters are no longer experiencing climate change?
It is not sufficient to say that the world needs to stop climate change. To reiterate the point, there must be clear indicators that will help to define a climate that is not changing, and on the way to good health. These professionals will have to give the details for every state, and as they collaborate with other countries, they will have to give us the details for every country. Based on their calculations they will then have to let everyone know what the average climate for the world should be every year going forward.
After achieving the desired temperature range during the winter months, it will be important to highlight the amount of years that these patterns should continue before anything outside of the model is considered as just an aberration, and not a return to a stare of climate distress.
For the unlearned, the ignorant and the skeptical, these specifics are needed so that they would have a clear understanding of what a world free of climate change looks like. While the pros are at it, perhaps they will also explainthe the details of how to apply their measurments to drought, floods, sea level, and the many other natural occurences that are the result of adverse climate.
Tell the world exactly what the indicators of predictable weather patterns are so that there is no confusion, so that nothing would be left to chance, and people would know exactly what they are working to achieve.