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Ex-Rep. Walker: UN Climate Change Statement Is Political

By    |   Monday, 03 Nov 2014 03:45 PM

Former Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Walker tells Newsmax that the United Nations report warning of the "irreversible impacts" of climate change if industrialized nations don't take the needed steps is more political than scientific.

"It's a political statement and not a scientific statement," Walker, of Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates, told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Monday. "The point is that that's what we've had an awful lot of whenever we talk climate change."

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"The climate is a very, very complex thing and when you look at the actual science that goes with the climate change issue it's clear that the science is not settled and that many of these statements coming out of places like the UN involve a political judgment not a scientific judgment," he explained.

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a "synthesis report" Sunday, which is a supposed to be the work of hundreds of authors, who concluded that they are even more convinced of man-made global warming than previously, CNN reported.

On Saturday, the U.N. Environment Program made a statement saying the report "offers conclusive scientific evidence that human activities continue to cause unprecedented changes in the Earth's climate."

According to the Pennsylvania Republican, the IPCC "made some very, very strong political statement[s]."

However, Walker contends that when looking "at the actual science, what you find is that the range of temperature increases they're talking about are well within the normal range."

"The earth warms, the earth cools, and we should be studying it, we should try to find out all we can about climate, but it does not necessarily mean that the judgments that are being made now are being made with all of the information at hand," he explained.

"In fact, we've seen a lot of changes in the climate models in recent years because the science didn't do what they claimed it was going to do," he said.

Walker told Newsmax that "those models are somewhat flawed because they don't have a lot of the complexities."

"For example, 95 percent of all greenhouse gas is water vapor, " he explained. "They don't count that in what they do."

"It seems to me that we would need to know for over a longer period of time what the interface between the atmosphere and the ocean is in order to have really good judgments to make," he added.

"We're in the process of getting some of that data at the present time, but we certainly don't have a long record of that data," he said.

Walker says that until we do know for sure if man-made global warming exists, we should do what we can to reduce greenhouse gasses.

"I'm a huge advocate for going to a hydrogen economy that would allow us to use our energy vastly more efficiently," he explained.

"We need to go in that direction . . . but we ought not to start with the premise that we do this because they're subtle signs on climate," he added.

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Former Pennsylvania Rep. Robert Walker tells Newsmax that the United Nations report warning of the "irreversible impacts" of climate change if industrialized nations don't take the needed steps is more political than scientific.
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