It appears quite clear since the advent of ClimateGate that those who worship at the alter Global Warming are uninterested in facts. And don't even try to talk common sense to them-not their forte. So, the European Foundation's 100 reasons why climate change is natural and not man-made won't sway the AGW lemmings but for those who aren't anti-science or common sense impaired, the list is an excellent read. My ten favorites:
7) The 0.7C increase in the average global temperature over the last hundred years is entirely consistent with well-established, long-term, natural climate trends.
8) The IPCC theory is driven by just 60 scientists and favourable reviewers not the 4,000 usually cited.
16) A Harvard University astrophysicist and geophysicist, Willie Soon, said he is “embarrassed and puzzled” by the shallow science in papers that support the proposition that the earth faces a climate crisis caused by global warming.
19) A petition by scientists trying to tell the world that the political and media portrayal of global warming is false was put forward in the Heidelberg Appeal in 1992. Today, more than 4,000 signatories, including 72 Nobel Prize winners, from 106 countries have signed it.
35) It is a myth that computer models verify that CO2 increases will cause significant global warming because computer models can be made to “verify” anything
55) The argument that climate change is a of result of global warming caused by human activity is the argument of flat Earthers.
57) William Kininmonth, a former head of the National Climate Centre and a consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation, wrote “the likely extent of global temperature rise from a doubling of CO2 is less than 1C. Such warming is well within the envelope of variation experienced during the past 10,000 years and insignificant in the context of glacial cycles during the past million years, when Earth has been predominantly very cold and covered by extensive ice sheets.”
64) Michael Mann of Penn State University has actually shown that the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age did in fact exist, which contrasts with his earlier work which produced the “hockey stick graph” which showed a constant temperature over the past thousand years or so followed by a recent dramatic upturn.
67) Global temperatures have not risen in any statistically-significant sense for 15 years and have actually been falling for nine years. The “Climate-gate” scandal revealed a scientific team had expressed dismay at the fact global warming was contrary to their predictions and admitted their inability to explain it was “a travesty”.
70) Richard Lindzen, Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wrote: “The notion of a static, unchanging climate is foreign to the history of the Earth or any other planet with a fluid envelope. Such hysteria (over global warming) simply represents the scientific illiteracy of much of the public, the susceptibility of the public to the substitution of repetition for truth.”
Read the entire list.
h/t Cold Fury
There is a lot of back and forth on this issue in the general public discussion, with the alarmists claiming Professor Jones' e-mails have not changed the physics involved, no evidence of a conspiracy was evident, and so forth. But the bottom line is the onus is on the alarmists to make the case. The skeptics do not need to prove anything.
The evidence from the file dump indicates they have not been forthright in their presentation of the facts. That being the case, no actions to limit CO2 output are justified. No cap and trade, no Kyoto protocol, no Copenhagen agreement... nothing should be done. The topic can be studied further, but the moral authority of the alarmists has been utterly and completely undermined.
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