Let's end the climate scare promoting abortion
By Tom Harris
Pro-lifers should be seriously concerned that the abortion industry is now allying itself with the powerful and heavily funded climate alarmist movement that has hijacked institutions across the western world. The Virginia-based Population Research Institute tells us about this sinister connection in their important video, "Climate Change is an Excuse for Abortion." They warn:
Population Research Institute explain how pro-abortion activists are now attempting to:
As I described in my Enter Stage Right article "Using the Climate Change Scare to Promote Abortion," broad-spread access to abortion is now also being pushed by climate alarmists to supposedly help "stop climate change," a entirely impossible goal, of course.
Consequently, the pro-life movement needs to learn enough basic climate science to be able to show that the climate scare is unjustified—it is not based on empirical evidence of what is actually happening in the real world. As can be seen in the following graph, the climate alarm is a fantasy based on computerized climate models that make temperature rise forecasts that have been triple reality.
In presenting the above graph, Dr. Craig D. Idso Chairman, Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change, presented said,
In part 2 of this ESR series, ""How Pro-Lifers Can Fight the Climate Scare Threatening Their Movement," I explained further how to contest the mistaken idea that the rise in so-called "global average temperature" is of concern. In "Fighting the Climate Scare to Defend Life," part 3 of the ESR series, I demonstrated how to defeat the extreme weather, flooding and wildfire arguments used by climate activists. In this, the fourth and final installment, I will show how to debunk concerns about sea level rise and explain how our emissions of carbon dioxide are benefitting life on Earth!
No Need for Concern About Sea Level
Sea level has been rising since the end of the last glacial period, 15,000 years ago. 8,000 years ago, sea level was rising ten times faster than today due to the large volume of ice that had yet to melt and the expansion of sea water due to the rapid warming that was occurring at the time. In Figure 1 below, we see that the oceans have risen only about nine inches in the last 140 years, a rise equal to the thickness of several pieces of paper per year. Reliable satellite data of the last forty years confirms this rise of about one to two millimeters per year before any complex adjustments are made.
It is relatively simple to compensate for such modest sea level rise with appropriate adaptation measures.
Gregory Wrightstone, Executive Director of the CO2 Coalition, presented the following graphs at a September 21, 2021 seminar that demonstrate that sea level rise at six of the world's largest cities is nothing unusual, merely slow and steady, as one would expect during a gradually warming period:
In "Biden Killing America's Energy Security With Sea Level Hysteria," a June 22, 2021 America Out Loud article by the late Dr. Jay Lehr and myself, we explained that melting sea ice does not cause the ocean levels to rise:
We are often told that small islands such as in the Maldives are at risk of being submerged due to global warming. Stockholm University sea level expert, the late Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner estimated (2017) that sea level will rise only about five cm (about two inches) in the next 100 years. Amazingly, the uncertainty on this estimate is plus or minus 15 cm, because of the large uncertainty in future climate. Regardless, even the highest of Mörner's forecasts poses no danger to most of the low-lying areas of the world. For example, Mörner created the following graph for the Maldives which shows that sea levels were higher than today five times in the past 5,000 years:
Many people are concerned that, if sufficient land glaciers melt, sea level rise will become a problem. Dr. Lehr and I explained that this too is incorrect. Here are some excerpts from "Biden Killing America's Energy Security With Sea Level Hysteria":
We need more, not less carbon dioxide!
Climate alarmists assert that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant that must be controlled. A Google search for "Joe Biden" and "carbon pollution" yields almost 49,000 results. But gaseous carbon dioxide (CO2) is not carbon, which is a solid, and it is anything but pollution. It is an invisible, non-toxic, trace, natural component of the atmosphere, allowing plants, and thus all life on Earth, to thrive. Contrary to the assertions of activists, politicians and most mainstream media, the figure below, shown by Dr. William Happer, Professor of Physics Emeritus at Princeton University in a November 15, 2021 presentation hosted by the Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) in Amsterdam, demonstrates that we are close to the lowest levels of CO2 in Earth's history.
Since photosynthesizing plants evolved in a relatively high CO2 environment, they become starved for CO2 when levels are low as today. This is why greenhouse operators inject an extra 1,000 ppm of CO2 into their greenhouses to stimulate plant growth. Not surprisingly, rising atmospheric CO2 is significantly helping plant growth across the world. According to NIPCC's Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts report:
Indeed, as explained in the Aug. 23, 2021 ICSC-Canada's Climate Change Minute, increasing CO2 is "greening" the world with the stimulation of plant productivity, which has occurred in spite of fires, disease, pest outbreaks, and deforestation. NASA released the image and video below, reporting ("Carbon Dioxide Fertilization Greening Earth, Study Finds," April 26, 2016):
In 2020, NASA confirmed that this beneficial trend is continuing.
No one should fear rising CO2 levels; they have been much higher in the past and no climate catastrophe occurred. The recent rise is working to green the Earth and benefit us all. To learn more about the real facts concerning carbon dioxide, the stuff of life, please listen to Dr. Lehr and my interview of educator and citizen climate researcher Sam Horowitz here!
After presenting to Campaign Life Coalition, Action4Canada and other pro-life groups in Canada over the past few months, I would be pleased to speak with any pro-life organizations in my country or the U.S. about the climate scare threatening their movement and how to beat it. Readers are encouraged to contact me at email@example.com at any time!
Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa, Canada-based International Climate Science Coalition, and a policy advisor to The Heartland Institute. He has 40 years experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, technical trainer, and S&T advisor to a former Opposition Senior Environment Critic in Canada's Parliament.