Monday, April 10, 2006

Was this in the model?

Bob Carter:
For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero).
The number one objection I have to the hysteria over global warming is that it is all based on computer models which are nothing more than someone's theory about how the atmosphere and the ocean work. The only way to know if it's correct is to wait and see if the its predictions turn out. It presumes that the programmer understands every variable that can affect climate and how it does so. I think it would be highly irresponsible to cripple the world's economies based on this kind of data.

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