A key component of the scientific argument for anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has been disproven. The results are hiding in plain sight in peer-reviewed journals.
The science behind the AGW hypothesis is that increased amounts of CO2 in the atmosphere (that humans produce by burning fossil fuels) will block more outgoing long-wave IR radiation (OLR) from exiting the atmosphere and thereby warm the surface.
So the results of three different peer-reviewed papers show that over a period of 36 years, there is no reduction of OLR emissions in wavelengths that CO2 absorb. Therefore, the AGW hypothesis is disproven.
It should be noted that another paper written by Richard Lindzen and Yong-Sang Choi (both work at MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences -- Lindzen is a professor and Choi is a postdoctoral fellow) reveals the differences between the measured OLR and its impact on temperatures vs. climate models. In the paper, the data showed that OLR increased when sea surface temperatures increased, so this is in direct contradiction to the AGW hypothesis that less OLR should be emitted since more CO2 is absorbing it and warming the planet. Furthermore, in contradiction to the climate models, these results show that OLR is acting like a negative feedback (cooling the surface) instead of a positive feedback (radiative forcing). The Lindzen and Choi paper dealt in general with all OLR wavelengths and didn't show granularity with respect to specific wavelengths that were related to various GHG absorption, but the fact that the entire OLR emission spectrum didn't behave like the eleven climate models' predictions means that "the science isn't settled."
IMHO, the title should have been, "The Four Anti-AGW Smoking Guns."
IMHO, I can see about three dozen state attorneys general opposing the EPA all the way to SCOTUS.
I think that state governments and other industries like Peabody Coal should sue this out of the EPA. A tidal wave of lawsuits would overwhelm the EPA weakening it......on a side note, this is something that even Alinsky would admire.
Furthermoe, I have been waiting for class action law suits filed by investors and other effected parties against AlGore and other scammers especially those in “higher learning”.
Ping to me
I do indeed like my new Governor and his team here in VA! Combine this move with the repeal of the “one-handgun-a-month” law and cuts to the state budget — the Old Dominion is turning a nice shade of red.
Harrah for AG Cuccinelli!! Be filled with truth and courage.