. . . And, by the way: What con­sen­sus?

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Re­gard­less of the ul­ti­mate im­pact of the ex­posed e-mails from the Uni­ver­sity of East Anglia’s Cli­mate Re­search Unit (CRU), nu­mer­ous facts about the at­mos­phere sur­round­ing cli­mate change have al­ways been ap­par­ent to the broad at­mo­spheric-sci­ence com­mu­nity.

The raw CRU e-mails, how­ever, in­di­cate that the gate­keep­ers of cli­mate knowl­edge have lim­ited what the pub­lic has been al­lowed to know about cli­mate change.

Three im­por­tant facts that have been side­tracked by the ven­er­ated gate­keep­ers in­clude:

There has never been an es­tab­lished con­sen­sus among sci­en­tists that hu­mans are caus­ing long-term, global cli­mate change.

Cli­mate mod­els have al­ways been rather crude, in­ac­cu­rate tools for pro­ject­ing the world­wide trends of an ex­tremely com­plex cli­mate sys­tem.

Wa­ter, not car­bon diox­ide (CO2) or any other green­house gas, has al­ways been the most sig­nif­i­cant cli­mate reg­u­la­tor on Earth.

Re­gard­ing the “con­sen­sus,” cli­mate czar Carol Browner said she re­lies on those “2,500 sci­en­tists” from the U.N. In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) to sup­port her claim that hu­man car­bon emis­sions are likely push­ing cli­mate change.

But not all of the 2,500 are ac­tu­ally cli­mate sci­en­tists. The IPCC group con­sists of a mix of sci­en­tists, bu­reau­crats and gov­ern­men­tal rep­re­sen­ta­tives, many of whom seem bent on a power-grab agenda.

The thou­sands of non-IPCC sci­en­tists spe­cial­iz­ing in at­mo­spheric and cli­mate-re­lated work have never been quizzed hu­man-in­duced cli­mate change, its po­ten­tial im­pacts and op­tions for adap­ta­tion and mit­i­ga­tion” [em­pha­sis added]. Note the di­rec­tive to be “open and trans­par­ent.”

But, per­haps more im­por­tant, the mem­bers are as­signed the task of as­sess­ing “hu­man-in­duced” cli­mate change, which im­plies such in­duc­ing al­ready ex­ists. In mate pre­dict­ing with any speci­ficity. For in­stance, in the real world, com­plex el­e­ments such as clouds have a pro­found ef­fect on reg­u­lat­ing the Earth’s sur­face tem­per­a­ture. Yet clouds are in­ad­e­quately rep­re­sented by the com­puter mod­els de­signed to sim­u­late them.

That brings us to wa­ter in gen­eral as a key cli­mate regu-

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.