Ten scientific problems with global warming alarmism

Satellite measurements of global climate from U of Alabama Huntsville
Satellite measurements of global climate from U of Alabama Huntsville

My friend Bruce posted this article from the the Daily Wire, and I think it’s a good summary of the scientific evidence against global warming alarmism. After we go over this, I’ll take a stab at explaining why so many non-scientists desperately want to believe that global warming is true, and why they try to push everyone else to believe it, too.

First, the list:

  1. Temperature records from around the world do not support the assumption that today’s temperatures are unusual.
  2. Satellite temperature data does not support the assumption that temperatures are rising rapidly
  3. Current temperatures are always compared to the temperatures of the 1980’s, but for many parts of the world the 1980’s was the coldest decade of the last 100+ years
  4. The world experienced a significant cooling trend between 1940 and 1980
  5. Urban heat island effect skews the temperature data of a significant number of weather stations
  6. There is a natural inverse relationship between global temperatures and atmospheric CO2 levels
  7. The CO2 cannot, from a scientific perspective, be the cause of significant global temperature changes
  8. There have been many periods during our recent history that a warmer climate was prevalent long before the industrial revolution
  9. Glaciers have been melting for more than 150 years
  10. “Data adjustment” is used to continue the perception of global warming

So, we can’t look at all of these in one post. Obviously, the satellite measurements are the best thing to look at, since they cannot be tampered with as easily as the ground measurements, and they show no warming for 18 years.

But let’s look at number 8 instead:

Even in the 1990 IPCC report a chart appeared that showed the medieval warm period as having had warmer temperatures than those currently being experienced.  But it is hard to convince people about global warming with that information, so five years later a new graph was presented, now known as the famous hockey stick graph, which did away with the medieval warm period.  Yet the evidence is overwhelming at so many levels that warmer periods existed on Earth during the medieval warm period as well as during Roman Times and other time periods during the last 10,000 years.  There is plenty of evidence found in the Dutch archives that shows that over the centuries, parts of the Netherlands disappeared beneath the water during these warm periods, only to appear again when the climate turned colder.  The famous Belgian city of Brugge, once known as “Venice of the North,” was a sea port during the warm period that set Europe free from the dark ages (when temperatures were much colder), but when temperatures began to drop with the onset of the little ice age, the ocean receded and now Brugge is ten miles away from the coastline.  Consequently, during the medieval warm period the Vikings settled in Iceland and Greenland and even along the coast of Canada, where they enjoyed the warmer temperatures, until the climate turned cold again, after which they perished from Greenland and Iceland became ice-locked again during the bitter cold winters.  The camps promoting global warming have been systematically erasing mention of these events in order to bolster the notion that today’s climate is unusual compared to our recent history.

That’s right, the world was much warmer than it is now during the Medieval Warming Period… so warm that you could actually farm on Greenland. But now it’s all frozen over.

Bruce also posted this article from Forbes magazine about the so-called consensus about global warming among scientists.

It says:

It is becoming clear that not only do many scientists dispute the asserted global warming crisis, but these skeptical scientists may indeed form a scientific consensus.

[…]Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

The survey results show geoscientists (also known as earth scientists) and engineers hold similar views as meteorologists. Two recent surveys of meteorologists (summarized here and here) revealed similar skepticism of alarmist global warming claims.

According to the newly published survey of geoscientists and engineers, merely 36 percent of respondents fit the “Comply with Kyoto” model. The scientists in this group “express the strong belief that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and humans are the main or central cause.”

The authors of the survey report, however, note that the overwhelming majority of scientists fall within four other models, each of which is skeptical of alarmist global warming claims.

[…]Taken together, these four skeptical groups numerically blow away the 36 percent of scientists who believe global warming is human caused and a serious concern.

Most people who get excited about the threat of global warming have something to gain financially from the hysteria. For example, Democrat campaign donors who own stock in solar or wind power companies that get fat government subsidies. Solyndra was one example of that.

Why do people believe weird things?

So why do people believe these things? People believe these things for the same reason that primitive people would sacrifice animals in order to get a bountiful harvest or be spared being struck by lightning. They fear the future, and they want to believe that they are doing something in order to save themselves from doom. There is something credulous in us that seeks to know and control the future. When we are told a noble lie by grant-seeking, attention-craving academics, we believe it because we want to believe it. We want to believe that the future is going to be OK, especially when all we have to do to make it OK is recycle cans and turn off our lights when we are not using them.

This is the real psychological motivation behind the desperate desire to believe in the global warming myth. We are scared, and we want someone to save us from the future. And we jump at the chance of controlling the future, especially when it means recycling cans, rather than having to deal with our own sinfulness. We invent a new morality that justifies us rather than having to comply with the old morality. Freedom to commit adultery, as long as we recycle cans to save the planet. Sanctification through purchasing carbon credits, instead of  sanctification through chastity, sobriety and self-control.

6 thoughts on “Ten scientific problems with global warming alarmism”

  1. I’m a big fan of science, which is why it’s a shame to me that science must be divided up along political parties! Science should be just science, not conservative science or liberal science! I’m sick of these issues becoming so politicized, we forget the search for truth, instead trying to further an agenda! The radical liberal school system and academia have been teaching this global warming thing to me from kindergarten to college! Now, to be honest, I need to do more research into it myself to form an honest opinion beyond hearsay, but it isn’t a huge leap for me to believe that it is liberal propaganda as they do with other issues. I don’t completely reject the idea, but I now take it with a big grain of salt. It puzzles me why both sides want to politicize the issue beyond doing what’s best for the planet or why one side cannot accept what actually is true…
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  2. I did a research paper on global warming while in college and everything in this article I found through my research. The earth has been warming from the ice age to now, with fluctuations in temps. If you really look into the history of the weather of the earth you will see it makes sense. Our weather patterns are just as they should be, with fluctuations here and there. The earth has always been a wonder and it will continue to be.

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  3. It also promotes commercialism and globalism. People throw out perfectly good stuff for something that is energy efficient. They aren’t told the environment cost to dispose of the old item that had life left and the cost to build the new item will never save energy vs the old idea of use the item till it doesn’t work anymore then you replace it.

    Shutting factories and jobs in first world nations will make us poor and in need of a noble govt to pay a living wage. So it would all work into the plans of the extreme left.

    The main thing I read as to how they claim a consensus. Is you can be paid as a scientist by an environmental or special interest group. But if you ever worked for industry you at biased and bought out. So they just write off the useful scientists that do most the real research on technology for companies, as being bought off

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  4. Good and thoughtful post. Rabid environmentalism also serves as a stand in for religion for many. It gives them a purpose and identity and allows the to feel good about themselves for fighting the “evil” fossil fuel industry.

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  5. I believe in learning how the earth functions. And trying to align things up so we best use and reuse our resources. Along with cleaning up and mess left behind.

    But environmentalism tends to have ideology before the science. The research should be lead by science. Not by ideas started by environmentalists and politicians

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  6. It’s my understanding that aside from disputes about the causes or rate of sea level rise, there is no disagreement at all that the level of the ocean here on the East Coast is steadily rising and pushing back the habitable shore.

    Brock

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