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Global Warming Scare Not About Climate

  • Global Warming Scare Not About Climate

  • 4 October 2009 by 0 Comments

Global Warming Scare Not About Climate
By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 10/04/2009

I actually had misgivings about the Van Jones resignation as the administrations’ “Green Jobs Csar.” He was the most high-level “green” advocate who was actually honest about what the green movement was all about. As he said, “The green economy will start off as a small subset of a complete revolution away from gray capitalism and toward redistribution of all the wealth…And we are going to push it and push it and push it until it becomes the engine for transforming the whole society.” He was also the most honest of the administration appointees about being a self-avowed communist. I’m sorry we’ve lost his openness, for he made the case very clearly that capping carbon emissions, and taxing everyone who creates a “carbon footprint” was not about saving the earth, but about governmental control over our energy consumption and redistribution of wealth.

About the same time Jones was resigning, Richard Lindzen of MIT published a paper that proves the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) conclusions were wrong about carbon emissions. The IPCC conclusions were based on computer models, including the famed Michael Mann “hockey-stick” graph which has been discredited, whereas Lindzen relies on raw data and provides a breakthrough explanation for why global warming does not rise with carbon emissions.

Lindzen reports, “The global surface temperature record, which we update and publish every month, has shown no statistically-significant ‘global warming’ for almost 15 years. Statistically-significant global cooling has now persisted for very nearly eight years . Even a strong el Nino – expected in the coming months – will be unlikely to reverse the cooling trend.”

“More significantly, the ARGO bathythermographs deployed throughout the world’s oceans since 2003 show that the top 400 fathoms of the oceans, where it is agreed between all parties that at least 80% of all heat caused by manmade ‘global warming’ must accumulate, have been cooling over the past six years. That now prolonged ocean cooling is fatal to the ‘official’ theory that ‘global warming’ will happen on anything other than a minute scale.”

Lindzen’s peer reviewed work states “we now know that the effect of CO2 on temperature is small, we know why it is small, and we know that it is having very little effect on the climate.”

Data and graphical display of that data illustrate how carbon emissions have been steadily increasing over the past 15 years, while global mean temperatures have been declining. If carbon emissions were causal to warming global temperatures, there would be some concomitant harmony between the two charts. Namely, as carbon emissions increase, temperatures increase. Yet even when taken back over the past 100 years, there is no such correlation between the two. Critics argue that as complex as the climate is, there will always be a lag time between increase in CO2 and global mean temperatures. Yet even allowing for such a lag time, there is no observable correlation.

But what is most decimating to the global warming alarmist theory is the Earth Radiation Budget Experiment (ERBE) data, according to Lindzen. The data prove that CO2, which is a much less prevalent and effective “greenhouse gas” than water vapor, is incapable of capturing the amount of heat in our atmosphere as the IPCC claims. The ERBE results, which are factual data from real measurements made by satellite, prove the exact opposite of the IPCC projections based on computer models. In science, when hard data is juxtaposed with computer models, the data win. To see the full study, select the July CO2 report on the Science and Public Policy website.

The results of Lindzen’s report led one reviewer to comment, “All of this data leads to the conclusion that the UN/IPCC models are not only wrong, they are so far off the mark as to be laughable. The satellite and bathythermograph data clearly do not match the IPCC theory, which means that the theory is incorrect.”

Those of us who have questioned the pseudo-science behind the man-made global warming alarmists have known the motives were not about saving the planet. As more and more evidence provides justification for our skepticism, we will find ourselves in the dubious position of missing the honest proponents of controlling and taxing carbon emissions, like Van Jones.

AP award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, and is a graduate of Idaho State University with a BA in Political Science and History and former member of the Idaho State Journal Editorial Board. He can be reached at

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