Global Warming: Not Nearly as Warm as It Should Be
Under my post “Stop the Check…”, commenter David says
Only a moron could fail to recognize that the earth is warming.
Sure, the planet is warming. Most people don’t deny that fact. The problem for AGW scientists and advocates – in addition to the minisculity of man’s role in the generation of greenhouse gases – is that it has not been warming nearly enough. Science Daily reported a couple of weeks ago that
According to current best estimates of climate sensitivity, the amount of CO2 and other heat-trapping gases added to Earth’s atmosphere since humanity began burning fossil fuels on a significant scale during the industrial period would be expected to result in a mean global temperature rise of 3.8°F — well more than the 1.4°F increase that has been observed for this time span.
So the theory and the computer models have over-estimated – by 240% – the warming that should have occurred as a result of man’s greenhouse gases. (By the way, has this important development been splashed all over major newspapers and cable and network news for the last two weeks …?) This is far from being the panic situation that Al Gore and others portray with increasing hyperbole. More importantly, this significant differential between predicted and actual temperature indicates something very wrong with the science of the theory of anthropogenic global warming.
This leads inevitably to the question: if global warming isn’t all that warm, maybe it isn’t anthropogenic, either. This conclusion becomes all the more acute when we factor in the size – a whopping 6% – of man’s contribution to greenhouse gases.