Author: Objective Science

Defining the Climate Debate

Another great one by Warren Meyer: Alarmists like to call climate skeptics “deniers,” usually in an attempt to equate climate skeptics with holocaust deniers. But skeptics do not deny that temperatures have warmed over the last century, or even that man (through CO2 as well as land use and other factors) has played some part in that warming. What skeptics deny, though, is the catastrophe. And even more, what skeptics deny is the need to drastically reduce fossil fuel use – a step that will likely be an expensive exercise in the developed west but an unmitigated disaster for the poor of Asia and Africa. These developing nations, who are just recently emerging from millennia of poverty, need to burn every hydrocarbon they can find to develop their economies. [Denying the Catastrophe: The Science of the Climate Skeptic’s Position –...

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Climate Dissenter Receives Death Threats

“Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes and they feel threatened,” said the professor. “I can tolerate being called a sceptic because all scientists should be sceptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal.” “Richard Lindzen, the professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology – who also appeared on the documentary – recently claimed: “Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges.”...

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Sun Causes Global Warming…on Mars

This is amazing. Mars Melt Hints at Solar, Not Human, Cause for Warming, Scientist Says http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/02/070228-mars-warming.html Don’t Blame Sun for Global Warming, Study Says http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/09/060913-sunspots.html Above are links to two articles in National Geographic. One is about a “controversial” scientist (Ellen Goodman would call him a “Global Warming Denier”) who cites evidence from Mars that would seem to show that Mars is heating up at the same time Earth is heating and that therefore the cause of heating is most likely solar irradiance and not man-made causes. The other article quotes scientists who found that common sun spot activity is not enough to account for climate changes. However, in that same article (which is linked in the “controversial” article as reason for skepticism) it is noted that: “There are numerous studies that find a correlation [between solar variation and Earth climate],” said Sami Solanki of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Lindau, Germany. “These authors have looked at the simplest mechanism, and they find that this mechanism does not produce the same level of change that has been observed,” he continued. “This could be suggesting that there are other mechanisms acting for the way that the sun influences climate.” Solar ultraviolet (UV) rays are one possibility, though that theory creates its own challenges. “UV is only a small fraction of total solar output, so you’d need...

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