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March 12, 2009

Climate Change: Is a CO2 Prohibition Law Right around the Corner?

Physicist William Happer has warned Senate members about jumping onto the Global Warming Crusade against CO2. He compares the current movement to the temperance movement of the early 1900s.    

Movements like these are not victimless. The temperance movement spawned organized crime, and Happer says that this current movement to reduce CO2 will most likely cause some other great injury. 

Happer also hits upon one of my main concerns about this movement: misusing words and ideas to gain power. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) report is, at times, downright dishonest. 

Happer writes of the report,

I could hardly believe my eyes. Both the little ice age and the Medieval Warm Period were gone, and the newly revised temperature of the world since the year 1000 had suddenly become absolutely flat until the last hundred years when it shot up like the blade on a hockey stick. This was far from an obscure detail, and the hockey stick was trumpeted around the world as evidence that the end was near. We now know that the hockey stick has nothing to do with reality but was the result of incorrect handling of proxy temperature records and incorrect statistical analysis. There really was a little ice age and there really was a medieval warm period that was as warm or warmer than today. I bring up the hockey stick as a particularly clear example that the IPCC summaries for policy makers are not dispassionate statements of the facts of climate change. . . . The whole hockey-stick episode reminds me of the motto of Orwell's Ministry of Information in the novel 1984: "He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." The IPCC has made no serious attempt to model the natural variations of the earth's temperature in the past. Whatever caused these large past variations, it was not due to people burning coal and oil. If you can't model the past, where you know the answer pretty well, how can you model the future?

Due to bad science and a quest for power, I can pretty much say that our energy crisis and dependence upon enemies of our great nation will only get worse. 

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wildmon251

Hurray for Dr. Happer. I can't understand why he and others with good sense don't point to the lack of evidence or experiments that conclusively link CO2 to the greenhouse effect. I have been unable to find any on the Internet.

What I have found is that Carbon Dioxide gas is a tiny, tiny component of the Earth's atmosphere. The fraction of CO2 in the air is 1/2632. To put that in perspective, a column of Earth atmosphere ten thousand inches long, (833 feet), only has enough CO2 to make 3 of those inches. It seems everyone has swallowed the idea that CO2 makes a difference. Absent evidence or experiments to the contrary, I say it doesn't, there's just not enough of it.

labrialumn

Obama wants to tax the very air we breathe out. All the time heating the White House into the 80s.

I'd say if he wants to curb carbon dioxide emissions, he can go first.

Ben W

Sure, but ozone is only 0.00006% of our atmosphere, 1/600 of the CO2, yet it's quite important and necessary. And you can kill off that ozone with a much smaller concentration of CFCs, since they stick around in the atmosphere for a while.
Carbon dioxide is interesting because it re-absorbs infrared radiation from the Earth at a wavelength where very little else is absorbing.. the question is whether the feedback is positive or not and how sensitive the Earth is to the concentration.

Michael Snow

More people need to read the disenting scientists and bring their comments to the attention of their congressman and Senators.

This link should be watched and passed around. Those who will be hurt the worst by Governments attacking a false problem will be the poor of this world.

http://video.google.fr/videoplay?docid=-4123082535546754758

Michael Snow

Regarding: Is a CO2 Prohibition Law Right around the Corner?

YES, uhless citizens get educated and start speaking up.

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