CLIMATE TRUTH FILE: 2014 – Skeptical Talking Points from A-Z on Global Warming – Point-By-Point
Small sampling from report:
CO2 is not the tail that wags the dog. CO2 is a trace essential gas, but without it life on Earth would be impossible. Carbon dioxide fertilizes algae, trees, and crops to provide food for humans and animals. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. Slightly higher atmospheric CO2 levels cannot possibly supplant the numerous complex and inter-connected forces that have always determined Earth’s climate. As University of London Professor Emeritus Philip Stott has noted: “The fundamental point has always been this. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, or variables, and the very idea that we can manage climate change predictably by understanding and manipulating at the margins one politically selected factor (CO2) is as misguided as it gets.”
When global temperatures are the question, the answer is not the sun or CO2. It is the sun, volcanoes, tilt of the Earth’s axis, water vapor, methane, clouds, ocean cycles, plate tectonics, shifting ocean currents, albedo (Earth’s changing reflective properties), atmospheric dust, atmospheric circulation, cosmic rays, particulates like carbon soot and volcanic dust, forests and grasslands, urban and other land use changes. Climate change is governed by hundreds of factors, not just CO2.
The claim that “97% of scientists agree” is in part based on 77 anonymous scientists who responded to a survey. The survey started by seeking opinions from 10,257 scientists. However, only 77 responded. So the 97% “consensus” claim is not based on thousands of scientists or even hundreds of scientists – but only on 77. Out of those 77 scientists, 75 answered the survey to form the mythical 97% “consensus.” In 2013 and 2014, other claims of an alleged 97% climate ‘consensus’ emerged, prompting UN IPCC lead author Dr. Richard Tol to publish a critique and declare: ‘The 97% is essentially pulled from thin air, it is not based on any credible research whatsoever.’
What about EPA climate regulations, will they impact the climate?
Not a chance. The EPA’s unilateral “carbon dioxide endangerment” regulations would have no impact on global carbon dioxide emissions, let alone global temperatures. The EPA regulations are pure climate symbolism in exchange for a more centrally planned energy economy. The EPA’s own data reveal that any potential climate impact of the regulations would be “so small as to be undetectable.”
For complete climate guide see: https://www.cfact.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Climate_Truth_File_100614_Online.pdf