Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street
Journal investigative reporter, is the New York Times
bestselling author of "The Trump White House: Changing
the Rules of the Game."
If you wondered whether human activity really contributes to global
warming, wonder no more.
Buried inside editions of the Washington Post and a few other
newspapers last month were stories reporting that despite sharp
declines in carbon emissions during the
COVID-19 'pandemic', carbon dioxide
levels in the atmosphere remained virtually unchanged.
Reporting on carbon dioxide measurements by the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration's observatory in Mauna Loa,
Hawaii, the June 7 Washington Post story
nearly ground to a halt over the 15 months of the coronavirus
'pandemic', leading to a startling drop in global greenhouse gas
"But the idle
airplanes, boarded-up stores and quiet highways barely made a
dent in the steady accumulation of carbon dioxide in the
atmosphere, which scientists from the Scripps Institution of
and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
said Monday had reached the highest levels since accurate
measurements began 63 years ago," the Post story said.
The message could not be
unprecedented cutbacks in carbon dioxide emissions from human
activity will do nothing to combat what has been an increase of
1.8 degrees Fahrenheit in average global temperature since
before the Industrial Revolution.
And the corollary to that
is that President Biden's,
entire climate agenda
that would add trillions to the U.S. government budget is based
on a myth...
To be sure, scientists
who subscribe to the climate change agenda have tried to
explain away the startling findings.
"People may be
surprised to hear that the response to the coronavirus outbreak
hasn't done more to influence CO2 levels,"
...said Ralph Keeling,
a geochemist who runs the Scripps Oceanography CO2
program, according to a June 4, 2020 New York Times
story reporting virtually no change
in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during the 'pandemic'.
"But the buildup of
CO2 is a bit like trash in a landfill," he said.
"As we keep emitting,
it keeps piling up. The crisis has slowed emissions, but not
enough to show up perceptibly at Mauna Loa."
As emissions initially
began to drop sharply last year during the 'pandemic', Scripps
scientists offered another explanation for the failure to see a
significant change in atmospheric carbon dioxide, which is the main
component of greenhouse gases that trap heat from the planet's
surface that would otherwise escape into space.
They said in a news release that even a sharp drop in emissions from
"is overshadowed by
natural variability in carbon emissions from vegetation and soil
in response to seasonal changes in temperature and soil
In other words,
no idea why carbon dioxide in the atmosphere remained
virtually unchanged when the world's economies were on
lock-down, completely exposing the rationale for limiting
burning of fossil fuels as a fraud.
Not to worry...
founding director of Columbia University's global energy center,
offered yet another way to obfuscate the findings.
The problem, he said, is
we have not reduced carbon emissions the right way.
economic activity is not a viable or desirable way to reduce
emissions, and as economies open back up, it's not surprising
emissions are rising because we still have not put in place the
changes needed for the overall system of how we produce and
consume energy," Bordoff said.
Even climate extremists
admit that no one knows just how much human activity may be
responsible for the increase in carbon dioxide levels in the
Now we know...!
For all the speculation, the fact is that,
when auto traffic
sharply declined, factories shut down, restaurants were
shuttered, airplane flights became almost non-existent, borders
were closed, and schools and offices were locked down worldwide,
the atmosphere remained virtually unchanged...
Levels of atmospheric
carbon dioxide peaked in May, reaching a monthly average of 419
parts per million, almost unchanged from the level of 417 parts per
million in May 2020 and up from the May 2019 record level of 414.7
parts per million.
Yet no one could have said better than Biden himself,
how foolish his
climate agenda that he wants to impose on the United States
Departing from his
prepared remarks, in a comment almost totally ignored by the media,
said during his State of the Union
"The United States
accounts, as all of you know, for less than 15 percent of carbon
emissions. The rest of the world accounts for 85 percent.
That's why I kept my
commitment to rejoin the Paris Accord, because if we do
everything perfectly, it's not going to matter."