Global Warming… The Climate Models Aren’t What They Used to Be

Global warming is real. Kind of.

I interviewed Patrick J. Michaels, the author of Shattered Consensus: The True State of Global Warming and we got the real skinny on what’s been going on.

The observed rate of warming (since 1976) has been remarkably constant, and in recent years we’ve seen a leveling off and even a bit of cooling — but none of the climate models used to show everyone that we need to change our ways have been changed. The models are overly simplistic, in other words: they’re wrong. Even taking the climate model’s as gospel truth for the foreseeable future, our temperature rise is at the low end of rates projected by the United Nations. Just another political manipulation?

About half of the warming of the 20th century is probably a result of greenhouse gas emissions, with particular emphasis on the “second” warming, which began in the mid-1970’s. The first warming took place from 1910-1945, and was largely solar in origin, and there is substantial evidence that the sun’s cycles are playing a big part in the current changes.
Disaster scenarios such as the rapid shedding of ice from Greenland are not warranted by historical data, so Al Gore‘s got this one wrong, too.

There is no known suite of politically acceptable technologies that can significantly alter the warming trajectory of the planet.

Enforcing policies now is simply a waste of money that can better be invested in future technological development.

Once I post the interview, I’ll put a link to it here… You’ve got to listen!

Patrick Michaels 
Senior Fellow in Environmental Studies
CATO Institute

Patrick Michaels – A biography

Michaels is a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia and visiting scientist with the Marshall Institute in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the American Association of State Climatologists and was program chair for the Committee on Applied Climatology of the American Meteorological Society. Michaels is a contributing author and reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

His writing has been published in the major scientific journals, including Climate Research, Climatic Change, Geophysical Research Letters, Journal of Climate, Nature, and Science, as well as in popular serials such as the Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Houston Chronicle, and Journal of Commerce.

He was an author of the climate “paper of the year” awarded by the Association of American Geographers in 2004. He has appeared on ABC, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” PBS, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, BBC and Voice of America. According to Nature magazine, Pat Michaels may be the most popular lecturer in the nation on the subject of global warming.

Michaels holds A.B. and S.M. degrees in biological sciences and plant ecology from the University of Chicago, and he received a Ph.D. in ecological climatology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1979.

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