Calling For More Global Warming Debate

I am amazed how often Republican climate skeptics such as Texas Governor Rick Perry are called “global-warming-deniers”.

Perry and his fellow questioners do not deny that there is global warming (and cooling)—they simply doubt that human greenhouse gases are a major cause. This is a sensible scientific question on which there are many different views.

We all know about the perspective of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that our greenhouse gas emissions are causing dangerous warming. But, why has there not been more attention paid to the crucially important alternative report, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC – see nipccreport.org), the latest version of which was released on August 29th?

Coauthored by a team of leading scientists recruited and led by climate experts Dr. Craig Idso, Professor Robert Carter, and Professor Fred Singer, the NIPCC shows that the IPCC has ignored or misinterpreted much of the research that challenges the need for carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas controls. In other words, these specialists assert that the science being relied upon by governments worldwide to create multi-billion dollar climate policies is almost certainly wrong.

In light of the just-released Government Accountability Office report that 42% of US temperature measuring stations do not meet basic standards and so their data (used in IPCC global warming reports) are unreliable, isn’t it time to put an end to the name calling and instead welcome open debate about this complex and costly issue?

Tom Harris
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC)

 


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