Friday, July 31, 2009

Distinguishing Real Science from Political Bias

Ignoring Science is the title of the linked Investors.com article. The paper references a scientific paper in the Journal of Geophysical Research which implicates nature rather than man as the culprit for recent climate changes. These climate changes and the presumption that they are generated by human activity form the basis on which legislation like Cap and Trade is justified. That legislation is likely to cost the American consumer money and jobs at a time when the economy is perilously weak. Quoting from the article:

"The surge in global temperatures since 1977 can be attributed to a 1976 climate shift in the Pacific Ocean that made warming El Nino conditions more likely than they were over the previous 30 years and cooling La Nina conditions less likely" says co-author de Freitas.

"We have shown that internal global climate-system variability accounts for at least 80% of the observed global climate variation over the past half-century. It may even be more if the period of influence of major volcanoes can be more clearly identified and the corresponding data excluded from the analysis."

These findings are largely being ignored by the mainstream media. They simply don't fit the worn narrative that man is dangerously warming the Earth through his carbon dioxide emissions and a radical alteration of Western lifestyles mandated by government policy is desperately needed.


HT: Clare

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