A stunning report by a panel of international scientists casts doubt that man is the cause of global warming or climate change. The study concluded that “natural causes,” not anthropogenic (man-made) causes, “are very likely to be dominant.” This finding flies in the face of crucial climate policies and actions by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
They have needlessly wasted a fortune with legislation and other expensive actions to fight greenhouse gases and limit CO2 arising from burning fossil fuels. An untold number of jobs have been lost by the administration’s deluded policies. Many Americans have been baffled, and school children have been frightened by dire global warming lies over the past decade.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), formed in 1993, warned that the build-up of greenhouse gases could, in the century ahead, become catastrophic. Rising sea levels, extreme temperatures, violent storms, devastating droughts, and the spread of disease, would destroy food production and habitability in many regions and could eventually destabilize the entire biosphere. The panel released four assessment reports warning of dire consequences if the world didn’t address the matter. They expressed the belief that “humankind’s actions contribute to the predicament.”
But evidence of phony scientific conclusions were piling up even before this latest revealing report. For instance, Professor Mike Hulme at the School of Environmental Science at the University of East Anglia and a contributor to the IPCC in a 2009 book admitted that “uncertainty pervades scientific predictions about climate change.” As to the IPCC’s credibility, he acknowledged that the panel is “governed by selected governmental representatives, ensuring it would be serving the needs of government and policy.” It was never “a self-governing body of independent scientists.”
Soon after his book came out, “Climategate” revealed deliberate efforts by leading scientific supporters of the IPCC and climate alarmism to hide flaws in their evidence and analysis and keep “skeptics” from appearing in peer-reviewed journals. Climategate was followed by other revelations, including that the IPCC’s assessments and conclusions often relied on little more than newsletters of environmental advocacy groups. IPCC had to retract scary claims about glaciers, floods and crop harvests. But it was not enough to keep a House committee in 2009 from passing a cap-and-trade bill that would have cost us many billions of dollars and wiped out some energy producers if it had become law.
The White House and the EPA have sought to impose harsh restrictions based on the faulty IPCC “science.” “Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change,” said the president in his usual know-it-all manner. “The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear,” Obama said at a global warming meeting in California in November 2008. He hasn’t changed his mind since. Ignorance persists.
In 2010, the Amsterdam-based Inter-Academy Council (IAD), made up of heads of science academies around the world, revealed major flaws in the IPCC’s peer-review process, saying it failed to give consideration “to properly documented alternative views.” IAD also said certain estimates of “certainty” by IPCC were “make believe, almost to the point of a joke.” It told the IPCC to “keep its nose out of politics.”
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