Despite good scientific reason to be skeptical of official pronouncements on climate change, the CRU e-mail revelation certainly sheds more light on climate-science machinations. But, let’s face it, the train hauling cargo boldly labeled “Humans are Causi
as to their confidence in the hypothesis that humans are substantially responsible for changing the global climate.
In addition, the official charge to the IPCC members is “to assess on a comprehensive, objective, open and transparent basis the scientific, technical and socio-economic information relevant to understanding the scientific basis of risk of essence, members seemingly are expected to support the theme of human-induced climate change, not to investigate the existence of such change.
As for modeling, although terrific for research and understanding the dynamics of the atmosphere, climate models are rather crude, inaccurate tools for long-term cli- lator. As stated in the past, the global atmospheric temperature is “substantially controlled by water in all its forms, as invisible vapor in air, as liquid in oceans and clouds, and as solid ice crystals, snow cover and glaciers.” But, government regulation of water based on the tactic that it’s a dangerous pollutant is a more difficult sell than the CO2-is-bad-for-polar-bears ruse. Besides, the claim that “CO2 is causing global warming” is itself a rather shallow proposition.
Deep ice core records going back hundreds of thousands of years show that global temperature increases lead global CO2 increases — that is, temperature goes up first followed by a rise in CO2. Surely such evidence should put the brakes on climate hysteria.
Despite good scientific reason to be skeptical of official pronouncements on climate change, the CRU e-mail revelation certainly sheds more light on climate-science machinations. But, let’s face it, the train hauling cargo boldly labeled “Humans are Causing Longterm Climate Change” has longago departed the station — and now it is heading full-throttle to the next stop in Copenhagen.
Though it’s too late to flag the train before it pulls into the depot, at least the public is probably beginning to realize the train’s boldly labeled containers may in fact be empty.
Anthony J. Sadar is a certified consulting meteorologist and co-author of “Environmental Risk Communication: Principles and Practices for Industry” (CRC Press/Lewis Publishers, 2000).