Monday, October 30, 2006

 

A Big If

According to a Fox News report Al Gore will advise the British government on climate change. Blair had this to say about global warming: "It is not in doubt that, if the science is right, the consequences for our planet are literally disastrous."

Emphasis mine. That is a big IF. I'd like to see some open debate on the science:

Blair said the scientific community agrees that the world is warming, and that greenhouse gas emissions are largely to blame.


"Unless we act now ... these consequences, disastrous as they are, will be irreversible," he added


I don't believe that the scientific community agrees on the conclusions but rather that one side of the issue gets all the press. I haven't spent as much time as I would like to reading up on this (here is a link to the report Blair was responding to which I have not yet read) but I feel I have to do some digging if I want to get the facts.

Update: From CO2 Science:

A weak short-term correlation between CO2 and temperature proves nothing about causation. Proponents of the notion that increases in the air's CO2 content lead to global warming point to the past century's weak correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and global air temperature as proof of their contention. However, they typically gloss over the fact that correlation does not imply causation, and that a hundred years is not enough time to establish the validity of such a relationship when it comes to earth's temperature history.

And Melanie Phillips (via Michelle Malkin) suggests that it is all politics:

After all, Britain accounts for a mere 2 per cent of the world’s energy demand. If we garaged every car, grounded every plane and rationed families to one lightbulb apiece, it would make virtually no difference. China alone — which is opening a new power station every day — would make up our carbon emissions in 13 months. In short, whatever we do to curb our carbon emissions is all but irrelevant to the future of the planet.

A TV station in Maine has challenged the global warming doctrine:

Mr. Palmer (the general manager of television stations WVII and WFVX, ABC and Fox affiliates in Bangor) said he wanted no more stories broadcast on global warming because: “a) we do local news, b) the issue evolved from hard science into hard politics and c) despite what you may have heard from the mainstream media, this science is far from conclusive.” Mr. Palmer said in his e-mail message to his operations manager and two women who served as a news anchor and a reporter that he placed “global warming stories in the same category as ‘the killer African bee scare’ from the 1970s or, more recently, the Y2K scare when everyone’s computer was going to self-destruct.”

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