Friday, April 21, 2006

Global Warming Histeria Hits Its Apex

Al Gore and his friends have moved heaven and earth (as it were) to bring global warming to a fever pitch. The public isn't very moved. Recent polling shows that while 80% or so believe there is global warming, only 15% are concerned about it to any degree.

But the politicos, science pundits, elite university profs, and main stream media talking heads are bound and determined to get us all riled up about this horrible problem. As posted elsewhere at this blog, I personally don't think the case has been made that we have global warming, that man is contributing to it, or that it would necessarily be bad on balance.

Now come some serious students, scientists, and prognosticators who are throwing cold water on this hot subject. Guess how much press and screen time they will get?

From Fox News and "Junk Science" comes this

Since this small variation in global temperature is well within the historical climate record, panic hardly seems warranted.

So where does all the fuss about manmade CO2 and global warming come from? Not from actual temperature measurements and greenhouse physics – rather it comes from manmade computer models relying on myriad assumptions and guesswork. Many models incorporate hypothesized “positive feedbacks” in the climate system, which tend to amplify model predictions. But no model has been validated against the historical temperature record. So they don’t “radiate” much confidence when it comes to forecasting temperatures.

And from a recent University Study, there's this

Global warming may not be as dramatic as some scientists have predicted.
Using temperature readings from the past 100 years, 1,000 computer simulations and the evidence left in ancient tree rings, Duke University scientists announced yesterday that "the magnitude of future global warming will likely fall well short of current highest predictions."

Both articles contain far more interesting science for those who wish to look deeper. Let get more worried about Iran and less about the weather.

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