By now you have probably heard that the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued a scary new report. The headlines from the report are frightening.

“What we do in the next two or three years will determine our future.” Oops, sorry, that was a quote from the head of the IPCC in 2007.

Here’s the headline, “We’re Toast, in ten years the Arctic will be free of sea ice in the summer.” Sorry again, that was the headline from "climate experts" in 2008.

Climate experts have been wrong for 50 years, but the predictions continue to make headlines and scare people. Amazing.

The actual headline for the 2021 report, "U.N sounds 'deafening' warning on climate change," and the story included the attention-grabbing quote from the U.N. Secretary General who described the report as a “code red for humanity”.

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To bring this home, a follow-up story on this report said climate change likely to boost average temperatures in our region by 3.6 degrees. To bring this home even further, predictions like those from the IPCC report drive the decisions from the Biden administration to suspend the sale of leases for oil drilling on federal land.

Just last week, Lynn Helms, director of the ND Department of Mineral Resources, commented on the impact that actions by the Bureau of Land Management are having on the state. The BLM has suspended three quarterly lease auctions so far in 2021 and will continue to do so unless the state and others are successful in reversing that stance. Helms said that there are two tracts in the core of the Bakken that will require 23 wells to be drilled, but these tracts are not accessible with the BLM’s actions. Helms said these tracts alone, if they cannot be developed, will have a $157 million impact to the state.

And that is just these two tracts, approximately one-third of the spacing units in the state could be impacted by this federal decision.

The inconvenient truth, to borrow a phrase, is that the climate models that the IPCC and others use to make their dire predictions are badly flawed. Three reports came out within days of the IPCC report that throw more than a little shade on the IPCC report.

First, for those of you who believe global warming is more than normal climate fluctuations, there is a new peer reviewed paper that states the sun - not CO2 - may be behind global warming. Of course, CO2 is the easier and better target for climate extremists who want decarbonization. But, if the sun is the actual primary cause of climate change, oil, gas and coal might come in handy.

Then, just days later, two new peer-reviewed papers were released that confirm that climate models (like those used by the IPCC) overstate atmospheric warming and further show problems with their modeling has gotten worse over time.

This issue is highly politicized, but the consensus is there is no consensus. Act accordingly.

Click here to read more from Forum columnist Bette Grande.

Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center, an "innovation over regulation" think tank. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.