October 4, 2009

A review of reality

FROM-The Bulletin

Unstoppable Global Warming?

By ROGER F. JONES, For The Bulletin

Singer and Avery have updated their New York Times bestseller by reorganizing the content of the original edition. It is now easier to follow the discoveries showing solar radiation to be the principal influence on global climate, while demonstrating that human-caused carbon dioxide has virtually no measurable effect whatever. It is a very readable book that avoids scientific jargon and does not drown its major points in a flood of data, yet provides 499 references for anyone desiring to find and read the facts found and explained by international researchers.

The authors go through hundreds of papers published since 1962 in peer-reviewed scientific journals that examine physical evidence of global climate variation throughout the world – in the Arctic and Antarctica, China and Europe, the USA and Patagonia, Greenland and New Zealand, and many more locations. In every case, these papers have uncovered a pattern of global warming and cooling that is independent of atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

The evidence is in the form of such “heavy isotopes” as carbon14, oxygen18, and beryllium10, which vary inversely to solar activity. These isotopes have been found trapped in glacier strata, deep sea and lake bottom sediments, and cave stalagmites. In each case, these isotopes show a distinct repetitive 1500-year cyclic pattern of global warming and cooling that can be verified as far back as 250,000 years ago.

The pattern is not completely regular, as it can vary by as much as plus/minus 500 years, but it is clearly a well-established and long-running feature of the earth’s climate – and it is completely independent of the activities of humankind. Such recent climatic periods as Roman Warming, Dark Ages (cold), Medieval Warming, Little Ice Age (which only ended in 1850), and more recent warming, are all explained by variations in solar radiation.

This is only half the story, of course. What about all of the predictions of doom by global warming believers?

The authors demonstrate the first problem is with the oversimplified greenhouse theory itself: it does not explain climatic variation prior to the second half of the 20th century, or even recent changes (a decline in warming between 1940 and 1975, despite a huge increase in industrial activity and carbon dioxide emission). Also, research has shown that each increment of carbon dioxide has less warming effect than the one before – we may already be at saturation levels.

Furthermore, greenhouse theory predicts that warming will be strongest in the Arctic and Antarctic regions, but this is simply not happening. In addition, greenhouse theory predicts that warming will take place first in the lower atmosphere and be amplified by increased water vapor there, before warming the earth’s surface – this is not taking place either.

An enormous equatorial “climatic heat vent” was discovered in 2001 by an MIT-NASA research team and independently verified by two other researchers. This vent is triggered by ocean temperatures exceeding 28ºC and the common finding of the scientists was that the vent reduced as much heat energy during the 1980s and 1990s as is predicted for an instantaneous doubling of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide content.

Here is the earth’s answer to carbon dioxide-caused warming but it has been almost completely ignored by global warming advocates.

This leads to another harsh reality – the US government has been spending over $2 billion dollars annually for nearly a decade now for the express purpose of proving the imminent danger of carbon-dioxide caused global warming. Singer and Avery are very direct about consequence of such a prolonged tidal wave of funding: it has lead to a serious distortion of the scientific research process in this field.

The authors note that “rent-seeking” for climate research funding started when National Academy of Sciences “expert” Lowell Ponte authored a book in 1975, “The Cooling: Has the Next Ice Age Already Begun?” NAS then asked for a quadrupling of climate research funding – and got it. NAS has since forgotten all about global cooling and latched onto global warming as the vehicle for still greater government funding.

There is much more in this book that is well worth reading; everyone needs to know just how shoddy the evidence of global warming is before carbon taxes effectively destroy US manufacturing and the economy.

Unstoppable Global Warming – Every 1500 Years, By S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery; Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (2007 & 2008), 278 pp.


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