Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Global Warming — On Hold For A Generation

That's what one of the leading proponents of the man-made global warming theory suggests. Not only there has been no global warming for a while, but we won't have any until 2030 or so:
Prof. Latif is one of the leading climate modellers in the world. He is the recipient of several international climate-study prizes and a lead author for the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has contributed significantly to the IPCC's last two five-year reports that have stated unequivocally that man-made greenhouse emissions are causing the planet to warm dangerously.

Yet last week in Geneva, at the UN's World Climate Conference -- an annual gathering of the so-called "scientific consensus" on man-made climate change -- Prof. Latif conceded the Earth has not warmed for nearly a decade and that we are likely entering "one or even two decades during which temperatures cool."

The global warming theory has been based all along on the idea that the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans would absorb much of the greenhouse warming caused by a rise in man-made carbon dioxide, then they would let off that heat and warm the atmosphere and the land.

But as Prof. Latif pointed out, the Atlantic, and particularly the North Atlantic, has been cooling instead. And it looks set to continue a cooling phase for 10 to 20 more years. "How much?" he wondered before the assembled delegates. "The jury is still out."

But it is increasingly clear that global warming is on hiatus for the time being. And that is not what the UN, the alarmist scientists or environmentalists predicted. For the past dozen years, since the Kyoto accords were signed in 1997, it has been beaten into our heads with the force and repetition of the rowing drum on a slave galley that the Earth is warming and will continue to warm rapidly through this century until we reach deadly temperatures around 2100.

While they deny it now, the facts to the contrary are staring them in the face: None of the alarmist drummers every predicted anything like a 30-year pause in their apocalyptic scenario.
So maybe all the Kyoto industry, including carbon markets, carbon taxes and "cap-and-trade" quotas should also be put on hold for a generation? Instead of battling non-existing trends and trying to reduce CO2 emissions - how about taking rational steps to reduce air and water pollution? CO2 is not a pollutant. Exhaust fumes and toxic waste - are. It's easy to slap a new tax on hot air. But if all those politicians and scientists truly care about the environment - they better find a solution that will reduce the number of smog days in our cities.

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