June 11, 2013

Scientists don't know why there was global cooling, but ...

... they're certain that not only is the climate warming but man is the culprit. From the NY Times today via Mark Steyn:

The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.

The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists.

Now, here is a crucial piece of background: It turns out we had an earlier plateau in global warming, from roughly the 1950s to the 1970s, and scientists do not fully understand that one either. A lot of evidence suggests that sunlight-blocking pollution from dirty factories may have played a role, as did natural variability in ocean circulation. The pollution was ultimately reduced by stronger clean-air laws in the West.

As Steyn notes, "So environmental laws led to the global warming of the Eighties and Nineties? Great!"

Levity aside, I've been fairly consistent in that I don't dispute there is indeed climate change; what I do dispute is the radical environmentalist alarmism, the demand that we must do something about climate change NOW or we're irrevocably doomed to burn in Hell.

Posted by Hube at June 11, 2013 03:40 PM | TrackBack

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I've always been critical of the Chicken Little alarmism. I don't think we have anything to worry about.

Posted by: Carl at June 11, 2013 03:59 PM

We're on the same wavelength today,Hube. I tried to knock out a blog post on this when I woke up, but I ran out of time. I'll probably have something up later tonight. I'll make sure link to your thoughts as well.

Posted by: Douglas Ernst at June 12, 2013 06:21 PM

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