"There has been no statistically significant warming since 1995." So says Professor Phil Jones, former director of England's University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (CRU).
The CRU at the University of East Anglia, since its founding in 1971, has collected data going back more than 800 years, including temperature readings from around the world. All these records were on paper and magnetic tape at East Anglia's CRU.
Much of those original records are now gone.
East Anglia's CRU became the international repository of temperatures and other weather data and was consulted on a regular basis by climatologists from around the world. The CRU has about 30 research scientists and students and has developed a number of the data sets widely used in climate research, including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system, as well as statistical software packages and climate models.
There are reports that a decision was made back in the 1980s, when the CRU moved to a new building, to discard some of the original raw data formerly in storage.
Many climatologists believe the records were deliberately destroyed, leaving only "homogenized" and "synopsized" versions of what was contained in the original records — "doctored" data used in graphs to show that climate undergoes cyclical changes from warming periods to cooling and back to warming.
In a statement on its Web site, the CRU said: “We do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (i.e., quality controlled and homogenised) data.”
Carbon dioxide (CO2), a substance in the Earth's atmosphere on which all life on the planet depends, has been identified as the culprit in "man-made" global warming.
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared CO2 a pollutant, by definition harmful to human beings. The EPA action appears to be in conflict with reality.
It did not take long for politicians to seize upon the opportunity to make global warming a tax issue. Politicians are talking about a human carbon "footprint" narrowing the CO2 issue down to individual citizens, making their carbon use a marketable commodity.
Europe has established such a market.
The new carbon trading market, titled Europe's Emissions Trading System (ETS), is considered a model for President Barack Obama's cap-and-trade scheme.
The price of a ton of carbon reached a high of $38 in mid-2008 and has since plummeted to $12.60 on Feb. 17, 2010.
Under the ETS, the European Union allocates carbon polluting allowances that meet the requirement of the UN's Kyoto Protocol. EU states issue quotas to those industries that produce the most CO2.
Companies that emit less than their quotas can sell the difference on the market to companies that exceed their limit.
Opportunists in America have seized upon the global warming issue and are turning it into private businesses for their own profit. One such opportunist is Nobel Laureate Al Gore. The former vice president has taken the opportunity, writing a book and later producing a motion picture, “An Inconvenient Truth,” both of which, reportedly, have made millions.
Accepting an Academy Award in 2007, Gore said, “My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. It’s not a political issue; it’s a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act. That’s a renewable resource. Let’s renew it.”
During his 2000 presidential campaign, Gore pledged to ratify the Kyoto Protocol.
President George W. Bush refused to sign on to this nightmare of international regulation. However, President Obama favors cap-and-trade legislation to support the European carbon scheme.
Schemes that are being advanced to control and diminish the increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are terrifying when the costs of such solutions are calculated. Costs have been estimated to be in the trillions to sequester CO2. The next move is equally daunting, "What do we do with the CO2 that has been sequestered?" Some suggest loading the gas in tankers and burying it far down below the sea bed. All these solutions will eventually cost trillions of dollars.
Does man cause global warming? Even if he did, a warmer planet by less than 1 degree centigrade in 140 years is not life-threatening.
It might be well for the world's population to step back and take a deep breath and just forget about global warming, which more and more often is being referred to as a hoax.
One of those who called it a hoax was U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Okla., before the Senate in 2005: “As I said on the Senate floor on July 28, 2003, ‘much of the debate over global warming is predicated on fear, rather than science.’ I called the threat of catastrophic global warming the ‘greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,’ a statement that, to put it mildly, was not viewed kindly by environmental extremists and their elitist organizations. I also pointed out . . . that those same environmental extremists exploit the issue for fundraising purposes, raking in millions of dollars.”
The nation will eventually come to recognize the simple fact that man does not contribute to the warming of the planet in any appreciable amount. Also that carbon dioxide, a trace in the atmosphere, has never been conclusively proved to cause global warming.
E. Ralph Hostetter, a prominent businessman and agricultural publisher, also is a national and local award-winning columnist. He welcomes comments by email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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