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Richmond Times Dispatch Commentary:
Even the U.N. climate panel has stated that today's
extreme weather events cannot be attributed to “climate change.”
Posted: Saturday, April
25, 2015 10:30 pm By Ed Martin Va SEEE
We continually read letters,
articles and columns that support the anthropogenic global warming theory
(AGW), along with the usual claims and allegations that this will cause nearly
every imaginable problem and catastrophe.
And we now see President
Obama deciding these claims are correct and demanding remedial actions —
specifically, more controls, taxes and “green” energy. Since such reports often
include unsupported allegations and claims, here is an attempt to provide
verifiable factual information and background:
1) According to the various
published temperature records, the amount of global warming since 1850 is about
0.8 degrees Celsius, i.e., a very small amount in relation to the enormous
temperature range we experience diurnally and seasonally. (And indeed, so small
that it is difficult to determine with accuracy and precision.)
2) These same temperature
records also now show that no significant warming has occurred for about 18
years — while atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased by nearly 10 percent. It
appears that there is no causal relationship here and suggests that other
natural factors may be influencing temperature.
3) The many claims
predicting dramatic and catastrophic temperature increases have been based on
“global climate models.” However, these computer models have not been validated
and have badly failed to predict current temperatures. And the divergence
between the models and actual temperatures is widening, thus making any
predictions based on them highly doubtful.
4) Some recent studies
suggest the Earth’s temperature is less sensitive to carbon dioxide levels than
previously thought — including studies show that even if atmospheric carbon
dioxide should double, temperature increases could be as low as 1 or 2 degrees
Celsius. And many agree that a 2-degree increase could, overall, be beneficial.
5) And a positive aspect has
appeared — satellites are now showing overall increased vegetation growth
around the globe due to stimulation by the higher carbon dioxide levels. This
includes our food supply. Current data show that almost all food crop yields
6) However, many activist
groups and firms with vested interests — often with support from the Obama
administration — loudly demand that we retreat from fossil fuels and replace
them with “green” wind and solar power — even though such power is very
expensive. European countries with extensive wind and solar installations are
seeing dramatically higher electricity costs. (Germany’s are nearly twice as
expensive as ours.) Plus, the intermittent and erratic nature of solar and wind
power are creating instabilities in their electric grids. The fossil-fuel
systems required for back-up must meet sudden and highly variable output
demands, which has contributed to increased emissions there. In addition, the
higher costs hurt the poor and the middle classes — and are reported to be
causing “energy poverty” in Germany,
the United Kingdom
7) Several years ago, Google
commissioned an engineering team to find ways to make green power costs lower
than coal, but found that with current technology, it could not be done,
according to a report last year in IEEE Spectrum, an electrical engineering
magazine — and that even if they were successful, it would not be enough to
“reverse climate change”.
8) Global warming skeptics
are often pejoratively called “deniers.” But in reality, tens of thousands of
scientists and engineers are skeptical about the catastrophic scenarios and
extreme remedies, including eminent physicists Freeman Dyson, Robert Laughlin
and Ivar Giaever, the latter two both Nobel laureates.
9) The claim that 97 percent
of climate scientists believe in human-caused warming is incessantly parroted
but it has been, beyond all doubt, shown to be fallacious. The paper that made
the claim has been condemned by several prominent climate scientists who
indicated that their views were wrongly used — and it has been condemned as
poorly conceived, designed and executed. (Apparently, the media didn’t get the
10) And yet, almost every
day brings more claims and predictions of increasing catastrophic weather
events due to “climate change” — tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, wildfires.
Various government and other reports clearly show that links between extreme
weather and global warming are unproven. Even the U.N. climate panel has stated
that such events cannot be attributed to “climate change.”
The bottom line: Vast
amounts of misinformation, scare stories and propaganda continue to be
inflicted on us, much of it propelled by enormous government outlays and grants
— as well as large expenditures by activist groups and from businesses that are
pursuing government subsidies.
But as more actual climate
data and facts become available, more people are seeing them, asking questions
and making their own decisions — instead of merely taking the word of
politicians such as Al Gore and Barack Obama. And hopefully this will help.
Ed Martin lives in Williamsburg and earned a
bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and an M.B.A.. He worked in the malting
and brewing industry for 35 years and is now retired.
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