If this were George Orwell’s “1984,” we would all know today that not only does China’s coal fired power plants cause global cooling, but they have always caused global cooling and global warming was never a risk.
Today, Chinese coal plant emissions being pushed as a way to justify the lack of warming since 1998. Not the CO2, but the sulfur:
“Results indicate that net anthropogenic forcing rises slower than previous decades because the cooling effects of sulfur emissions grow in tandem with the warming effects greenhouse gas concentrations. This slow-down, along with declining solar insolation and a change from El Nino to La Nina conditions, enables the model to simulate the lack of warming after 1998,” the team explains.
So what are we to do about this?
Hope the Chinese burn more coal:
Climate scientist Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, doesn’t find the economists’ statistical theatrics convincing. She wonders why the short-lived regional increases in particulates should have a global effect on temperatures. She also notes that there has been no increase in aerosols, either globally or over East Asia, from 2000 to 2006; Chinese emissions only rose in the period 2004 to 2007. Kaufmann et al do acknowledge that a La Nina weather pattern cooled the planet between 1998 and 2000, while a warm El Nino increased temperatures in 2002 and again in 2010.
“The political consequence of this article seems to be that the simplest solution to global warming is for the Chinese to burn more coal, which they intend to do anyway,” writes Curry.
Too bad for the Eco-Marxists that Winston Smith is not manning the Memory Hole just yet. After listening to them complain about coal emissions being the cause of global warming, a “fact” so accepted it is used as justification for vandalizing power plants in the late Great Britain, we are now to accept the emissions are responsible for the recent cooling of the planet.
The fact is, this has never been about the impact of emissions on the environment, but instead about the socialist redistribution of wealth on a global scale.