I’d say it has been replaced by global hysteria, global stupidity, global time-lagged ignorance, and an overblown global arrogance as to man’s ability to change the weather.
My brother emails a decent op-ed on the subject.
In South America, for example, the start of winter last year was one of the coldest ever observed. According to Eugenio Hackbart,
chief meteorologist of the MetSul Weather Center in Brazil, "a brutal
cold wave brought record low temperatures, widespread frost, snow, and
major energy disruption." In Buenos Aires, it snowed for the first time in 89 years, while in Peru the cold was so intense that hundreds of people died and the government declared a state of emergency in 14 of the country’s 24 provinces. In August, Chile’s agriculture minister lamented "the toughest winter we have seen in the past 50 years," which caused losses of at least $200 million in destroyed crops and livestock.
There’s more. And…
Given the number of worldwide cold events, it is no surprise that 2007
didn’t turn out to be the warmest ever. In fact, 2007’s global
temperature was essentially the same as that in 2006 – and 2005, and
2004, and every year back to 2001. The record set in 1998 has not been
surpassed. For nearly a decade now, there has been no global warming.
Even though atmospheric carbon dioxide continues to accumulate – it’s
up about 4 percent since 1998 – the global mean temperature has
remained flat. That raises some obvious questions about the theory that
CO2 is the cause of climate change.
And that’s because as the data demonstrates, CO2 will likely keep increasing for the first 800-1000 years that temperatures decrease, because that’s the proper cause/effect relationship. Temperature fluctuations cause (lagging) CO2 fluctuations. It shouldn’t be but a few more years until you can start laughing openly at the fools who ever bought into this. I do already; but then again, I took Brussels sprouts as a side dish to a potluck dinner at friends’ the other night. I’m just outta control.