Various news outlets have been forced to note in recent months what the I and others have noted for a number of years already – global warming, by which I mean an actual rise in global average temperature as predicted by all the climate models and theories that blame the rise in CO2 for the measured rise in temperature from the early 1980s through the late 1990 – has plateaued. For instance, earlier this week Reuters wrote that “Climate Scientists struggle to explain warming slowdown.” Leaving aside the fact that Reuters even now, got the headline wrong – it’s not a slowdown, the rate of increase hasn’t declined but rather it has halted or plateaued, Lawrence Solomon notes some of the other news organizations that have recently become reluctantly skeptical. Average temperatures have now stalled for 17 years, almost the same amount of time that they rose which sparked the furor about global warming. We at the NCPA have argued for many years that skepticism concerning the causes, direction, continuation and consequences of climate change is the only appropriate stance to take since the earth is not a closed system, like a greenhouse, and there are simply too many factors (largely unknown or concerning which we have limited knowledge of) to make a sound judgment. Though the IPCC does not acknowledge the profound implications of its incomplete understanding of climate science, it does, at least recognize that it has an incomplete understanding.
With this in mind, I thought David Friedman’s recent blog on climate matters was worth publicizing.