RUSH: There's actual global warming news. (laughing) We can't get away from it. There actually is global warming news -- not "climate change" news, but "global warming" news. Up first is a story from the Asian Correspondent: "What Happened to the Climate Refugees?" Now, this story is from last week. I kept it. It's too good to pass up. "In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010. " That's kind of like the Ted Danson prediction in 1988 that if we didn't clean up the oceans in ten years, that there'd be death and pestilence everywhere on the seas.
The United Nations five years ago predicted that these climate refugees would be fleeing from areas that "are actually among the fastest growing regions in the world." (laughing) It's just like Paul Ehrlich -- who, I understand, is very irritated every time I talk about him and his book The Population Bomb and the bet that he made with Julian Simon. Frankly, I didn't know that Paul Ehrlich was still around. So I'm happy to know that he is. "In 2005, the United Nations Environment Programme predicted that climate change would create 50 million climate refugees by 2010.
"These people, it was said, would flee a range of disasters including sea level rise, increases in the numbers and severity of hurricanes, and disruption to food production. The UNEP even provided a handy map," and we've got a copy of the map here. Now, it's too small to show you. I guess I can. Here, let me... I'm going to turn the camera off and zoom in on this. I don't want to do the zoom live. Let's see how tight we can get it. Well, it might be okay, might be okay. There it is. Okay, there is... Ah, the legend is too small. I can't read the legend so I can't tell you what the colors mean, but here we go.
There's the map. You see? I think the purple and the yellow is where there were gonna be massive refugees because of climate change. You can see even in the US there's some purple and yellow. I'm sure purple has gotta be one of these because of the sea level rise. You see, Florida would have climate refugees. You see there. So, at any rate, ladies and gentlemen... (chuckles) You're getting nothing but my mouth here, which I know is attractive to some. Let me zoom back out. There we go. I wish I could read the legend here. But it was basically places at most risk. "The map shows us the places most at risk including the very sensitive low lying islands of the Pacific and Caribbean.
"It so happens that just a few of these islands and other places most at risk have since had censuses," and their populations are in fact growing. So the title of the story here is: What Happened to the Climate Refugees?" There are 50 million people missing. "Meanwhile, far from being places where people are fleeing, no fewer than the top six of the very fastest growing cities in China, Shenzhen, Dongguan, Foshan, Zhuhai, Puning and Jinjiang, are absolutely smack bang within the shaded areas identified as being likely sources of climate refugees," but their populations are skyrocketing.
So it's another example: A huge story of the environmentalist wackos being entirely wrong. Imagine they predict 50 million climate refugees, and there are none, and there are no sea level increases. From Reuters: "Scientists Want Climate Change Early-Warning System -- A better monitoring network for greenhouse gases is needed to warn of significant changes and to keep countries that have agreed to cut their emissions honest, scientists said in papers published on Monday. 'What we're hoping to do is see if the warming is feeding the warming, particularly in the Arctic,' said Euan Nisbet, a specialist in methane emissions..."
What does that mean? He's got his nose in cow rear ends?
"Our monitoring network is very, very limited. We feel more observation is needed." Such measurement could warn of possible climate tipping points, scientists said in papers published by Britain's science academy, the Royal Society. ... The Earth's climate in the past has changed in a relatively short period of time, warming rapidly about 12,000 years ago at the end of the most recent glacial period. Scientists are not sure why that happened, and have warned of possible climate tipping points from man-made emissions.
"They are concerned, for example, that as Arctic permafrost melts it would allow plant matter to rot and vent methane, a greenhouse gas which could trigger more warming." Okay, so an "early-warning system for global warming," even though the worst effects are not for 50 years so they say. Then Jon Ham at the John Locke Foundation: "The 'Ozone Hole' Hoax was 'Global Warming' Warm-up act." You may not be old enough to remember this but many of you are. Back in the seventies, eighties, we had to get rid of Freon. We had to stop using aerosol spray cans 'cause that he was creating the hole in the ozone.
Do you remember that, Dawn? You don't. You weren't old enough at the time to remember it.
Folks, the panic over the ozone hole was as big a panic as any of you who remember any panic associated with global warming. I mean, it was big. They had maps, they had charts, they showed the us how big the hole was and it was gonna lead to skin cancers and it was going to lead to global warming. It was going to be an absolute disaster, and the hole was getting bigger! They finally "found out" it was aerosol causing it, so people started making jokes about spraying Right Guard was causing an ozone hole. Of course back then I, your host, was as big a skeptic then as now. I laughed at it.
"What are you talking about? Are you really trying to tell us -- you really want us to believe -- that aerosol spray cans are causing a hole in atmospheric ozone?" And they were dead serious! "The Montreal Protocol to ban Freons was the warm-up exercise for the IPCC. Many current IPCC players gained fame then by stampeding the US Congress into supporting the Montreal Protocol. They learned to use dramatized, phony scientific claims like 'ozone holes over Kennebunkport.' The ozone crusade also had business opportunities for firms like DuPont to market proprietary 'ozone-friendly' refrigerants at much [higher] prices than the conventional (and more easily used) Freons..."
In other words, folks, we got rid of Freon for no reason. The bottom line of this story is, the ozone "hole" is still there, and it's still as big as ever despite all these reforms. We got rid of all those propellants and refrigerants and all the causes. New research shows that it's not changed the hole significantly at all. "This must have far-reaching consequences. If the measurements are correct we can basically no longer say we understand how ozone holes come into being." This is from one of the big scientists who was responsible for this, a guy named Markus Rex, an atmosphere scientist at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Potsdam, Germany.
So, again: They recently measured and the ozone hole's the same size, and it fluctuates. It changes in size year to year. "If the measurements are correct we can basically no longer say we understand how ozone holes come into being." It was the same hoax. It was the same tactic. It was the same technique. In fact, the New York Times, in January of 2010, had a story on how the ozone hole is mending. "That the hole in Earth’s ozone layer is slowly mending is considered a big victory for environmental policy makers. But in a new report, scientists say there is a downside: its repair may contribute to global warming." So a year ago, the hole was reducing, but that was causing global warming.
Now, since there's no warming and the hole has opened up again despite getting rid of all "the causes," this klutz previously accepted as a scientific authority: Well, we no longer understand how ozone holes come into being. Look at what economic tumult we caused to try to fix it. Typical. This is more evidence, folks. As I tell you, the simplest thing to do when you hear an apocalyptic, cataclysmic prediction involving the climate or the environment -- or, hell, even economics -- if it's being made by a liberal, just don't believe it. It isn't true. It is being made up.
RUSH: Before the ozone hole it was acid rain, and then it was nuclear winter, and it went from global warming to...compact fluorescent lightbulbs! I'm telling you: Every aspect of it is a lie. Every environmental claim, every one that's apocalyptic, is a lie -- full-fledged, 100% through and through.