Planet Gore

The Cloudy Future for Climate Alarmism

Paul Mushine writes in today’s New Jersey Star Ledger:

President Obama’s headed to Copenhagen next month to talk climate change. Al Gore’s headed toward profits that could make him the world’s first “carbon billionaire.” But where’s global temperature headed?

Nowhere, it seems. The most reliable readings of the Earth’s temperature show that it peaked back in 1998. This was not widely reported in America, where the state of science reporting is dismal. But over in England, where they take that sort of thing more seriously, the British Broadcasting Corp. created quite a stir with an article headlined “What Happened to Global Warming?” In it, BBC climate correspondent Paul Hudson gave a summary of the problems facing the alarmists: “For the last 11 years, we have not observed any increase in global temperatures. And our climate models did not forecast it, even though man-made carbon dioxide, the gas thought to be responsible for warming our planet, has continued to rise.”

Hudson went on to cite numerous scientists skeptical of the theory of anthropogenic global warming. But perhaps the most damning observation came from a scientist who supports the theory. Mojib Latif is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group that set the panic off with its 1996 report on global warming. According to Hudson, Latif concedes “that we may indeed be in a period of cooling worldwide temperatures that could last another 10-20 years.”

Hmmm. Ten to 20 years is what I would call “the near future.” Didn’t a certain former vice president of the United States win a Nobel Prize by pushing a movie that told us that the melting of the polar ice would cause sea levels to rise by up to 20 feet “in the near future?”

The rest here.

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