According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, a group of sixteen world-renowned scientists call out the unscientific alarmism over “global warming,” citing numerous inconvenient facts that dispute global warming claims. So much for the "unanimous consensus" from all Serious Scientists.
Here's David Theroux writing at the Independent Institute blog on the WSJ piece:
The group of scientists note the following facts that refute climate alarmist claims:
1. The lack of global warming for well over 10 years now:
This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.
The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections–suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.
2. CO2 is not a pollutant:
CO2 is a colorless and odorless gas, exhaled at high concentrations by each of us, and a key component of the biosphere’s life cycle. Plants do so much better with more CO2 that greenhouse operators often increase the CO2 concentrations by factors of three or four to get better growth. This is no surprise since plants and animals evolved when CO2 concentrations were about 10 times larger than they are today. Better plant varieties, chemical fertilizers and agricultural management contributed to the great increase in agricultural yields of the past century, but part of the increase almost certainly came from additional CO2 in the atmosphere.
3. The smear campaigns by the warming establishment are outrageous:
Although the number of publicly dissenting scientists is growing, many young scientists furtively say that while they also have serious doubts about the global-warming message, they are afraid to speak up for fear of not being promoted—or worse. They have good reason to worry. In 2003, Dr. Chris de Freitas, the editor of the Journal Climate Research, dared to publish a peer-reviewed article with the politically incorrect (but factually correct) conclusion that the recent warming is not unusual in the context of climate changes over the past thousand years. The international warming establishment quickly mounted a determined campaign to have Dr. de Freitas removed from his editorial job and fired from his university position. Fortunately, Dr. de Freitas was able to keep his university job.
4. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically.
A recent study of a wide variety of policy options by Yale economist William Nordhaus showed that nearly the highest benefit-to-cost ratio is achieved for a policy that allows 50 more years of economic growth unimpeded by greenhouse gas controls. This would be especially beneficial to the less-developed parts of the world that would like to share some of the same advantages of material well-being, health and life expectancy that the fully developed parts of the world enjoy now. Many other policy responses would have a negative return on investment. And it is likely that more CO2 and the modest warming that may come with it will be an overall benefit to the planet.
If elected officials feel compelled to “do something” about climate, we recommend supporting the excellent scientists who are increasing our understanding of climate with well-designed instruments on satellites, in the oceans and on land, and in the analysis of observational data. The better we understand climate, the better we can cope with its ever-changing nature, which has complicated human life throughout history. However, much of the huge private and government investment in climate is badly in need of critical review.
This is not the way science is supposed to work, but we have seen it before–for example, in the frightening period when Trofim Lysenko hijacked biology in the Soviet Union. Soviet biologists who revealed that they believed in genes, which Lysenko maintained were a bourgeois fiction, were fired from their jobs. Many were sent to the gulag and some were condemned to death.
The scientists then address the key issue of why there is so much intolerance and corruption among global-warming proponents, and the answer they give is sadly, “Follow the money.”
Alarmism over climate is of great benefit to many, providing government funding for academic research and a reason for government bureaucracies to grow. Alarmism also offers an excuse for governments to raise taxes, taxpayer-funded subsidies for businesses that understand how to work the political system, and a lure for big donations to charitable foundations promising to save the planet. Lysenko and his team lived very well, and they fiercely defended their dogma and the privileges it brought them.
And according to a recent article in the Daily Mail, the effect of the Sun on the Earth may force us to abandon CO2-based climate models and that the Earth will likely be heading into a cooling period. This is basic common sense to anyone not blinded the ideology of "climate change" (and who doesn't think climates don't change? They always are). That big, beautiful, glowing ball in the sky has way more to do with what goes on here on Earth than any establishment, tenured scientist would ever admit, and there are brave and honest scientists who have been trying for decades to counter the echo-chamber that in exists in the halls of universities and government buildings handing out grants. They are also not only skeptical of anthropomorphic global warming but also find tremendous fault with the other pillars of establishment science: treating Einstein's words as infallible, holy scripture and the modern "epicycles" like black holes, dark matter, and dark energy that rely on faith and magic more than actual science.
Anyway, the point is that one should always be skeptical of any information coming out of any institution that is closely aligned with the state, whether it be the universities, media, or medicine. Just like the hysteria over influenzas and terrorism, "global warming" is a bogeyman propagated by those who would like to see other human beings under their thumb; monitored, regulated, controlled, and coerced according to the whims of the Ivory Towers.
But the steam under the lid is leaking, and one by one the Noble Lies of those who live and breathe at the thought of controlling others - using any excuse, hysteria, or propaganda to do so - are being debunked by the Internet and the alternative media.