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David Whitehouse: Has global warming stopped?
New Statesman ^ | 19 December 2007 | David Whitehouse

Posted on 12/28/2007 12:40:59 PM PST by neverdem

'The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 and every year since 2001'

Global warming stopped? Surely not. What heresy is this? Haven’t we been told that the science of global warming is settled beyond doubt and that all that’s left to the so-called sceptics is the odd errant glacier that refuses to melt?

Aren’t we told that if we don’t act now rising temperatures will render most of the surface of the Earth uninhabitable within our lifetimes? But as we digest these apocalyptic comments, read the recent IPCC’s Synthesis report that says climate change could become irreversible. Witness the drama at Bali as news emerges that something is not quite right in the global warming camp.

With only few days remaining in 2007, the indications are the global temperature for this year is the same as that for 2006 – there has been no warming over the 12 months.

But is this just a blip in the ever upward trend you may ask? No.

The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should according to the fundamental theory behind global warming – the greenhouse effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly.

In principle the greenhouse effect is simple. Gases like carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere absorb outgoing infrared radiation from the earth’s surface causing some heat to be retained.

Consequently an increase in the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases from human activities such as burning fossil fuels leads to an enhanced greenhouse effect. Thus the world warms, the climate changes and we are in trouble.

The evidence for this hypothesis is the well established physics of the greenhouse effect itself and the correlation of increasing global carbon dioxide concentration with rising global temperature. Carbon dioxide is clearly increasing in the Earth’s atmosphere. It’s a straight line upward. It is currently about 390 parts per million. Pre-industrial levels were about 285 ppm. Since 1960 when accurate annual measurements became more reliable it has increased steadily from about 315 ppm. If the greenhouse effect is working as we think then the Earth’s temperature will rise as the carbon dioxide levels increase.

But here it starts getting messy and, perhaps, a little inconvenient for some. Looking at the global temperatures as used by the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the UK’s Met Office and the IPCC (and indeed Al Gore) it’s apparent that there has been a sharp rise since about 1980.

The period 1980-98 was one of rapid warming – a temperature increase of about 0.5 degrees C (CO2 rose from 340ppm to 370ppm). But since then the global temperature has been flat (whilst the CO2 has relentlessly risen from 370ppm to 380ppm). This means that the global temperature today is about 0.3 deg less than it would have been had the rapid increase continued.

For the past decade the world has not warmed. Global warming has stopped. It’s not a viewpoint or a sceptic’s inaccuracy. It’s an observational fact. Clearly the world of the past 30 years is warmer than the previous decades and there is abundant evidence (in the northern hemisphere at least) that the world is responding to those elevated temperatures. But the evidence shows that global warming as such has ceased.

The explanation for the standstill has been attributed to aerosols in the atmosphere produced as a by-product of greenhouse gas emission and volcanic activity. They would have the effect of reflecting some of the incidental sunlight into space thereby reducing the greenhouse effect. Such an explanation was proposed to account for the global cooling observed between 1940 and 1978.

But things cannot be that simple. The fact that the global temperature has remained unchanged for a decade requires that the quantity of reflecting aerosols dumped put in our atmosphere must be increasing year on year at precisely the exact rate needed to offset the accumulating carbon dioxide that wants to drive the temperature higher. This precise balance seems highly unlikely. Other explanations have been proposed such as the ocean cooling effect of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation or the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.

But they are also difficult to adjust so that they exactly compensate for the increasing upward temperature drag of rising CO2. So we are led to the conclusion that either the hypothesis of carbon dioxide induced global warming holds but its effects are being modified in what seems to be an improbable though not impossible way, or, and this really is heresy according to some, the working hypothesis does not stand the test of data.

It was a pity that the delegates at Bali didn’t discuss this or that the recent IPCC Synthesis report did not look in more detail at this recent warming standstill. Had it not occurred, or if the flatlining of temperature had occurred just five years earlier we would have no talk of global warming and perhaps, as happened in the 1970’s, we would fear a new Ice Age! Scientists and politicians talk of future projected temperature increases. But if the world has stopped warming what use these projections then?

Some media commentators say that the science of global warming is now beyond doubt and those who advocate alternative approaches or indeed modifications to the carbon dioxide greenhouse warming effect had lost the scientific argument. Not so.

Certainly the working hypothesis of CO2 induced global warming is a good one that stands on good physical principles but let us not pretend our understanding extends too far or that the working hypothesis is a sufficient explanation for what is going on.

I have heard it said, by scientists, journalists and politicians, that the time for argument is over and that further scientific debate only causes delay in action. But the wish to know exactly what is going on is independent of politics and scientists must never bend their desire for knowledge to any political cause, however noble.

The science is fascinating, the ramifications profound, but we are fools if we think we have a sufficient understanding of such a complicated system as the Earth’s atmosphere’s interaction with sunlight to decide. We know far less than many think we do or would like you to think we do. We must explain why global warming has stopped.


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David Whitehosue was BBC Science Correspondent 1988–1998, Science Editor BBC News Online 1998–2006 and the 2004 European Internet Journalist of the Year. He has a doctorate in astrophysics and is the author of The Sun: A Biography (John Wiley, 2005).] His website is www.davidwhitehouse.com

Heresy indeed!

1 posted on 12/28/2007 12:41:01 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem

It’s global warming, because I said so!


2 posted on 12/28/2007 12:42:27 PM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: neverdem

Goodbye. David Whitehosue, We hardly knew ye. Good luck finding yourself a new job.......


3 posted on 12/28/2007 12:44:26 PM PST by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: xcamel; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; cogitator

Crucify the heretics!


4 posted on 12/28/2007 12:44:44 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem
'The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 and every year since 2001'

Actually some readings show that the temperature has gone down a trace amount since 1998.

5 posted on 12/28/2007 12:46:04 PM PST by infidel29 (I'm pulling for Fred... The 6 of us just don't have a loud enough voice to "b" Duncan Hunter "ttt")
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To: neverdem

Despite the fact that we’ve had a decent southern Michigan winter so far, (rain snow mix today) I suspect I’ll feel different through Jamnuary and February.


6 posted on 12/28/2007 12:47:44 PM PST by cripplecreek (Only one consistent conservative in this race and his name is Hunter.)
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To: neverdem

The theory he alludes to regarding the cooling prior to 1970 is that sulpher compounds from burning coal reflected more heat than the CO2 trapped so we had net cooling.

This is never brought up by most Branch Algorians because it suggests a solution to global warming. The 70’s weren’t great, but they were better than the apacolypse the warmers are predicting, so why not allow just enough burning of high sulpher coal to counteract the co2? Problem solved!


7 posted on 12/28/2007 12:50:09 PM PST by Soliton
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To: neverdem

Did it stop? It never started.......except in Al Gore’s mind and his bank account. He’s made over $40 Million dollars so far........not bad for a lie.


8 posted on 12/28/2007 12:52:52 PM PST by RC2
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To: neverdem; OKSooner; honolulugal; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; gruffwolf; ...

FReepmail me to get on or off


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9 posted on 12/28/2007 12:53:17 PM PST by xcamel (FDT/2008)
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To: Soliton
Problem solved!

I wish. We're back to ACID RAIN!

10 posted on 12/28/2007 12:53:59 PM PST by neverdem (Call talk radio. We need a Constitutional Amendment for Congressional term limits. Let's Roll!)
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To: neverdem

Global Warming has increased quite a bit as of late...

We got several running for office and the gas they are venting is contributing to it.


11 posted on 12/28/2007 12:54:09 PM PST by crz
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To: RC2
NEWSWEEK: AL GORE NOW WORTH MORE THAN $100 MILLION

[Since 2000, according to published reports, the former veep has transformed himself from a public servant with around $1 million in the bank to a sparkling private consultant with a net worth estimated to be north of $100 million. He’s a senior adviser to Google, a board member at Apple and now a newly minted general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the Silicon Valley venture-capital firm that made billions investing early in Netscape, Amazon and Google.]

http://www.newsweek.com/id/71011

12 posted on 12/28/2007 12:58:18 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee ("A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.")
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To: neverdem

http://gristmill.grist.org/story/2006/11/4/175028/329

The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers.


13 posted on 12/28/2007 12:58:58 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (Opinion based on research by an eyewear firm, which surveyed 100 members of a speed dating club.)
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To: neverdem

Global temperatures have not increased since 2001. GWB became President in 2001. Coincidence? And algore gets the Nobel Prize?


14 posted on 12/28/2007 1:00:14 PM PST by Proud2BeRight
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To: neverdem
Crucify the heretics!

He's probably being corrected as we speak. Then he'll be sent to a reeducation camp (i.e., Liberal college campus).

15 posted on 12/28/2007 1:05:01 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

Spare us the links to the whacko-enviro websites, chicken little


16 posted on 12/28/2007 1:07:38 PM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: xcamel
Please put me on your ping list..

The global warming hysteria reminds me of the stock market. Whenever a trend finally makes it to the cover of a national magazine, you can be certain that the trend is coming to an end soon. This includes individual stocks as well as bull and bear market trends. In addition, the global cooling phase of our earth promptly stopped in the 1970's right after it made the cover of Newsweek.

17 posted on 12/28/2007 1:08:08 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

Talk about cherry picking. They are comparing at least 3 different sets of data here. Unbelievable. Then...how in the world do you average a global temperature from all this nonsense. The GISS has changed their numbers 4 times this year. They are pathetic.


18 posted on 12/28/2007 1:15:41 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers

Ha! What a laugh! That information that you linked to has already been discredited. By the same people who gave that information, NASA! Since you are not keeping up with the news, NASA recently, and quietly, completely revised their temperature data after it found errors.

19 posted on 12/28/2007 1:15:58 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

Since you don’t read the news, I’ll help you..http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aBBQO5XgLQu4&refer=home

and...http://www.globalwarminghoax.com/print.php?extend.24.2


20 posted on 12/28/2007 1:20:19 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan

So, let me get this straight. Global warming enthusiasts claim that the globe will warm as concentrations of CO2 increase. Such concentrations have increased during the 67 years since 1940. During that same period, the globe cooled for 38 years (1940-1978), neither warmed nor cooled for 7 years (2000-2007), and warmed for 22 years (1978-2000). How exactly does this data support the global warming hypothesis?


21 posted on 12/28/2007 1:20:25 PM PST by p. henry
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To: neverdem
Proof positive that pirates are multiplying once again:

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22 posted on 12/28/2007 1:20:52 PM PST by tx_eggman ("Believing without loving turns the best of creeds into a weapon of oppression" Eugene Peterson)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

I totally agree with you. There is enough there for conservatives to agree upon, without engaging in the hysterics and hyperbolics of the Left. Its a shame really.


23 posted on 12/28/2007 1:20:55 PM PST by Paradox (Politics: The art of convincing the populace that your delusions are superior to others.)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW ,,

You are kidding? AGW is strictly a political, money grabbing scheme. Gore, the frauds at realClimate and all those pushing AGW are out to destroy what's left of our capitalist system and get rich doing it. The MSM is relentless in brainwashing the masses. The Earth is fine and all that we need to do is "adapt" to any "natural" changes that are occurring. I am sorry you drank the koolaide of the AGW Stalinists.

24 posted on 12/28/2007 1:21:59 PM PST by sand88
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers

One more thing.. Biased, left-wing scientists in academia had better come to grips with their bias or they are going to start making creationists look good.

25 posted on 12/28/2007 1:25:01 PM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: p. henry
Come on ph!!! don't confuse the argument with FACTS:-(0



26 posted on 12/28/2007 1:26:17 PM PST by geo40xyz ((Born a democRAT, Dad set me free in 1952: He said that I was not required to be a MF'ing democRAT))
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
You post a link to a website that still claims that 1998 was the warmest year, and uses the totally debunked "hockey-stick" graphics...and you think conservatives need to "come to grip"???

Your credibility suffers by your use of such sources.

27 posted on 12/28/2007 1:30:12 PM PST by kidd
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To: Soliton

I like it!


28 posted on 12/28/2007 1:33:11 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Well, with his monthly utility bill, whew, he needs the dough.


29 posted on 12/28/2007 1:34:15 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: neverdem
Most interesting paragraph:

The explanation for the standstill has been attributed to aerosols in the atmosphere produced as a by-product of greenhouse gas emission and volcanic activity. They would have the effect of reflecting some of the incidental sunlight into space thereby reducing the greenhouse effect. Such an explanation was proposed to account for the global cooling observed between 1940 and 1978.

Ahhhhh! Aerosols in the atmosphere. Perhaps the planet needed a sunscreen, as advised by Dr. Edward Teller.

http://www.hoover.org/publications/digest/3522851.html

Injecting sunlight-scattering particles into the stratosphere appears to be a promising approach.


30 posted on 12/28/2007 1:35:29 PM PST by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

The conservative movement *has* come to grips with AGW, determined that it is mostly a bunch of hooey, and is waiting for the inevitable acceptance of the fact that the flat-Earthers-—indeed, the spawn of the lovelies who treated Galileo so well-—are the Branch Algorians.


31 posted on 12/28/2007 1:36:04 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan

The same is true of cover photos of some “happy” celebrity couple, with the title of the article declaring this-—THIS-—is The Hollywood marriage that is working.

It’s always Splitsville a few months later.


32 posted on 12/28/2007 1:37:17 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: neverdem

No the end of global warming like a reduction in oil prices will only come when Hillary is elected. (sarcasm)


33 posted on 12/28/2007 1:37:38 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: Paradox

We all agree on being good stewards of the environment. But that is a completely separate issue from the wholly political agenda of AGW.


34 posted on 12/28/2007 1:38:47 PM PST by fightinJAG ("Tell the truth. The Pajama People are watching you.")
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To: neverdem

Since I am a cattle farmer, I had been led to believe the COWS CAUSE GLOBAL WARMING. Glad to know I’m not to blame after all.
tight lines
right turns
Caddis


35 posted on 12/28/2007 1:43:34 PM PST by palmerizedCaddis (What is a RODHAM?)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers.

Even stipulating your article's complaints about cherry picking statistics; prior to any statistical analysis, some type of error analysis must be done on the data. The increases talked about are on the order of 1/10 C. That implies that the initial measurements had to have been made with at least that precision. The dirty little secret is that as the data goes back in time, the precision of the initial measurements degrades considerably. Your reference even admits that 1978 was the year that troposheric temperature data from satellites began being collected. There is no mention however of the effect of this change on the precision of the data that is being statistically analyzed. As one of the following posters says, the liberal scientist will join the flat earth society if they keep abstracting from rigorous scientific principles.

36 posted on 12/28/2007 2:05:11 PM PST by ALPAPilot
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
M. Dodge...The truth is beginning to overcome the liberal political agenda.

See the following: 400 Scientists doubt climate change.

100 Scientists appeal to the UN to not fight global warming.

List of 100 scientists, their degree and expertise.

You sound like a really nice guy but not up to the task on this issue.

"A high school dropout, ABD in streetlife, I've been self employed since my early twenties. Previous to my current business I made my living as an electron cop (I owned a company which specialized in specing and installing data comm products for large corporations). In "retierment" I started a Home Inspection business, I also purchase and rehab residential and investment properties. Like many self-educated people my opinions are rooted in wide and eclectic reading, filtered through a basically anecdotal approach to understanding life, and bobby-trapped with various surprising gaps in my knowledge.

37 posted on 12/28/2007 2:15:41 PM PST by DWar
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To: kidd

“and uses the totally debunked “hockey-stick” graphics...”

http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/climate-change/dn11646


38 posted on 12/28/2007 2:19:34 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (Opinion based on research by an eyewear firm, which surveyed 100 members of a speed dating club.)
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers.

According to whom?

Speaking of cherry picking data... From Canada's National Post, Published: Monday, August 13, 2007.

Last week, NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies -- whose temperature records are a key component of the global-warming claim (and whose director, James Hansen, is a sort of godfather of global-warming alarmism) -- quietly corrected an error in its data set that had made recent temperatures seem warmer than they really were.

A little less than a decade ago, the U.S. government changed the way it recorded temperatures. No one thought to correlate the new temperatures with the old ones, though -- no one until Canadian researcher Steve McIntyre, that is.

McIntyre has become the bane of many warmers' religious-like belief in climate catastrophe. In 2003, along with economist Ross McKitrick, McIntyre demolished the Mann "hockey stick" --a graph that showed stable temperatures for 1,000 years, then shooting up dangerously in the last half of the 20th Century.

The graph was used prominently by the UN and nearly every major eco lobby. But McIntyre and McKitrick demonstrated it was based on incomplete and inaccurate data.

To NASA's credit, when McIntyre pointed out their temperature errors they quickly made corrections.

Still, the pro-warmers who dominate the Goddard Institute almost certainly recognized the impacts these changes would have on the global-warming debate, because they made no formal announcement of their recalculations.

In many cases, the changes are statistically minor, but their potential impact on the rhetoric surrounding global warming is huge.

The hottest year since 1880 becomes 1934 instead of 1998, which is now just second; 1921 is third.

Four of the 10 hottest years were in the 1930s, only three in the past decade. Claiming that man-made carbon dioxide has caused the natural disasters of recent years makes as much sense as claiming fossil-fuel burning caused the Great Depression.

The 15 hottest years since 1880 are spread over seven decades. Eight occurred before atmospheric carbon dioxide began its recent rise; seven occurred afterwards.

In other words, there is no discernible trend, no obvious warming of late.

Read it and weep, turkey.

39 posted on 12/28/2007 2:22:51 PM PST by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Schwarzenkaiser, fashionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: neverdem

G A S P ! ! ! !

Nobody saw this coming!!!!!!

(And you can be sure of the seriousness of my reply by the liberal use of exclamation marks.)


40 posted on 12/28/2007 2:27:03 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: M. Dodge Thomas

Read this and learn something:

http://www.worldclimatereport.com/index.php/2005/03/03/hockey-stick-1998-2005-rip/


41 posted on 12/28/2007 2:29:26 PM PST by kidd
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To: Proud2BeRight
Global temperatures have not increased since 2001. GWB became President in 2001. Coincidence? And algore gets the Nobel Prize?

And the biggest increases in Global Warming occurred during the Clinton/Gore years. Hmmm, I think you are onto something.

42 posted on 12/28/2007 2:32:58 PM PST by Always Right
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To: kidd
Read this and learn something:

thanks for the link. any way you can summarize and translate what is being said?

43 posted on 12/28/2007 2:37:39 PM PST by alrea
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To: M. Dodge Thomas
The conservative movement REALLY needs to come to grip with AGW , or it’s going to end up looking like a collection of flat-Earthers.

Are you implying that AGW is real, and will destroy the planet, and that conservatives must accept the death of millions (and a poorer lifestyle for billions) in order to prevent it?

Or are you saying that conservatives MUST become better educated to recognize and argue AGAINST AGW extremists in order to save the planet from socialism and one-world government control?

44 posted on 12/28/2007 2:39:52 PM PST by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: neverdem
We did this already.

Has global warming stopped?

And feel free to read point #4 in my profile. If there is no new global temperature record by 2013, only then would I say that global warming has stopped -- temporarily. Anything said before that is premature and intended to score skeptical points in the public mind.

45 posted on 12/28/2007 2:48:19 PM PST by cogitator
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To: DWar
Only had time to read the first of those. You have two sets of arguments there:

1) The worst-case estimates of the environmental and economic effects of AGW are overstated. Almost certainty correct, but the likely results of mid-range perditions are still alarming.

2) There has been warming, but it’s due to some other case (ex: solar flux).

The problem with this theory is that it fails to account for the warming we should be seeing due to greenhouse emissions.

It would be easy for proponents of this view to get the attention of main-stream climate theorists, all they would have to do is either 1) demonstrate that the well understood atmospheric chemistry that predicts AGW as result of “greenhouse gases” is incorrect, and/or 2) demonstrate some countervailing effect that is preventing warming from occurring despite the greenhouse effect.

To date the skeptics has not been able to do either, and by this point it’s highly unlikely that either the atmospheric chemistry and physics is incorrect or such countervailing mechanisms remain undiscovered.

46 posted on 12/28/2007 2:50:27 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (Opinion based on research by an eyewear firm, which surveyed 100 members of a speed dating club.)
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To: neverdem
The Weather Channel blog weighed in on this; perhaps too tersely.

Has global warming stopped? I'm glad you asked

47 posted on 12/28/2007 2:56:18 PM PST by cogitator
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To: Soliton
This is never brought up by most Branch Algorians because it suggests a solution to global warming.

Aerosols injected into the stratosphere have been suggested; sulfur aerosols in the troposphere can create acid rain problems, as they did in the 70's.

48 posted on 12/28/2007 3:04:46 PM PST by cogitator
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To: cogitator

I like acid rain.


49 posted on 12/28/2007 3:06:30 PM PST by Soliton
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To: Carry_Okie

See comment 9, here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1881956/posts


50 posted on 12/28/2007 3:10:28 PM PST by M. Dodge Thomas (Opinion based on research by an eyewear firm, which surveyed 100 members of a speed dating club.)
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