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Congressman Rohrabacher’s Paper Tiger

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Fact: We are overloading the air and oceans with carbon which is causing too much heat to be trapped.  Climate change is arguably the most studied scientific issue of the day and virtually every scientist and scientific body agrees that the planet is warming, and the primary cause is the massive emission of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide.  This overwhelming consensus is driven by the multiple human fingerprints of human-caused warming.  In fact, the United States National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently issued four reports called America’s Climate Choices (2010) that clearly show humans are driving global warming and the impacts already occurring are cause for serious concern.  The NAS concludes:

”A strong, credible body of scientific evidence shows that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for a broad range of human and natural systems…. Some scientific conclusions or theories have been so thoroughly examined and tested, and supported by so many independent observations and results, that their likelihood of subsequently being found to be wrong is vanishingly small. Such conclusions and theories are then regarded as settled facts. This is the case for the conclusions that the Earth system is warming and that much of this warming is very likely due to human activities.”

Enter Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) who has a history of getting the science wrongOn three occasions (Feb 4, 2010, March 10, 2010, and Feb 17, 2011), Rep. Rohrabacher has entered  into the Congressional record an open letter signed by over 100 scientists and published as a full page ad in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, and Los Angeles Times.  The letter was addressed to the President of the United States and flies in the face of the scientific understanding of climate change. The letter can be viewed here

The letter contained 115 signatures and made the following assertions:

  1. The case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated
  2. Characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect
  3. Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest
  4. There has been no net global warming for over a decade
  5. The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior

So who were these scientists and are they qualified to sign this letter?  (Item #4 is an automatic disqualifier in my book because any legitimate expert should know that a decade cannot be used to refute the underlying climate trend.  This claim is especially absurd given that the past three decades have been the warmest in the instrumental record!)

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Written by Scott Mandia

April 12, 2011 at 5:05 am

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