Vernuccio’s View: Global Warming Questioned by New Study

Credit: CNN The Lead

Credit: CNN The Lead

The theory of man-made global warming has been questioned by a new study.

The results shouldn’t surprise keen analysts. Common sense questions, such as why Earth’s temperature was warmer in the 10th Century AD, as well as in the era of the Roman Empire, have been ignored. The thousands of scientists who have expressed significant doubt about global warming were completely ignored by those claiming the idea was “settled science.” Students have been taught to unquestionably believe in global warming. Some Washington politicians expressed a desire to criminally prosecute those disagreeing with the theory, and a number of state attorneys general have harassed think tanks that question the concept.

In 2016, An unprecedented legal attack, in utter violation of the First Amendment, was launched against the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) for committing the “offense” of disagreeing with extremists on the issue of climate change. The move was in line with the anti-free speech action of U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch who “referred to the FBI” consideration of whether to prosecute those who dare to question the claims of environmental extremists.

A new report by Dr. James P. Wallace III, Dr. Joseph S. D’Aleo, and Dr. Craig D. Idso questions the validity of key global warming data, including that provided by NOAA, NASA and the Hadley CRU Global Average Surface Temperature study, as well as The Validity of the EPA’s CO2 Endangerment Finding. The findings of those agencies essentially rely on the same flawed data.

Heat Advisory_Thermometer-1The study concludes that “The conclusive findings of this research are that the three GAST data sets are not a valid representation of reality. In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data. Thus, it is impossible to conclude from the three published GAST data sets that recent years have been the warmest ever –despite current claims of record setting warming. Finally, since GAST data set validity is a necessary condition for EPA’s GHG/CO2 Endangerment Finding, it too is invalidated by these research findings.”

The response by advocates of the man-made global warming theory to the recent findings by Dr. Wallace, Dr. D’Aleo and Dr. Idso, which discredit the data behind it, and similar reports and studies, has been interesting.

Stephen Kruiser, writing for IJR notes: “Climate scientist Hans von Storch  had some interesting things to say about the climate prediction models so revered by the alarmists. “If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario. But even today, we are finding it very difficult to reconcile actual temperature trends with our expectations…There are two conceivable explanations — and neither is very pleasant for us. The first possibility is that less global warming is occurring than expected because greenhouse gases, especially CO2, have less of an effect than we have assumed. This wouldn’t mean that there is no man-made greenhouse effect, but simply that our effect on climate events is not as great as we have believed. The other possibility is that, in our simulations, we have underestimated how much the climate fluctuates owing to natural causes.”

Wounded pride and professional reputations aside, why do some many of those who vehemently advocated the global warming theory continue to push the increasingly discredited idea?

A Newsmax study estimated that approximately $22 billion dollars are spent each year on anti-global warming projects.

In addition to the profit motive, much of the “remedies” to the alleged global warming crisis dovetail perfectly with left-wing proposals that have never found acceptance with the American electorate.

Frank Vernuccio serves as editor-in-chief of the New York Analysis of Policy & Government

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