The warmup for politicized science has been climate change.
Here are a couple of papers worth reading if you want to get a little more sane perspective on supposed warming trends. The first looks at long-term climate trends. As many of you are likely aware, the big picture on earth’s climate over the last few million years has been a series of relatively long cold periods, including significant ice sheets, interspersed with briefer periods of warmth. We are currently in a warm period, likely near the end of it, based on the length of past cycles. All of modern human history has occurred in this warm period. These cycles are largely driven by orbital dynamics. While human activity, such as forest clearing and farm field expansion, building large, warm cities, damming rivers, and even use of fossil fuels, may impact weather, those activities’ effect on long-term climate trends is quite dubious. Unlike sensationalist claims about immense warming and coastal flooding being imminent, this paper finds a more moderate future change. My money is on a new ice age within a thousand years. That will be a human catastrophe. (Health Physics Paper)
Renewable energy is great for the environment, right, and couldn’t possibly itself have any effects on weather. Wrong. Renewable energy production produces immense hazardous waste, kills birds and affects animals habitat in the case of wind turbines and solar plants, creates aesthetic ugliness and in fact obviously does change the weather. If you think that taking energy away from normal wind flows or interdicting solar energy that otherwise would reach the ground doesn’t have an effect, you are ignoring common sense. This paper describes the current and water mixing effects of large wind farms off the east coast of England. Think those changes don’t affect sea life? But these consequences get ignored. (Arxiv Paper)
And this paper is a reflection of one of many issues with climate models, which are truly horrific. This is an immensely complex system and the notion that any model comes close to replicating it, much less predicting the future, is absurd. These researchers found large variability in a key climate factor–the strength of El Nino. This large historical natural variability means it is no possible to ascribe current changes to human activity. (Science Article)
My takeaway from years of reading climate science is that the models are garbage, that natural forces far outweigh any human impact and that claims of impending doom are simply lies fostered by ideologues who want to tell us all how to live and don’t care if they ruin the quality of our lives while doing that. Meanwhile China keeps building coal plants, which gives them cheap energy, and tells you how worried they are about supposed fossil fuel driven climate change.