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Solomon's Verdict, 2nd Instance

Warmed right over; The global-warming theory is nearing its end as
evidence against it mounts

Lawrence Solomon
National Post
Sat, 17 Sep 2011
1085 words
(c) 2011 National Post . All Rights Reserved.

Why do a majority of Canadians - 52% according to the latest Angus Reid
poll - still hold the belief that humans are mainly responsible for
global warming?

I think I know, based on the feedback I've received from literally
thousands of Canadians who have commented in recent years on my articles
dealing with global warming. Most of that 52% have so often been told
that the science is settled on global warming, and so rarely that there
is any credible dissent, that they have not yet twigged to
straightforward information, such as the rejection by most top
scientists of the globalwarming dogma.

Just this week, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Ivar Giaever resigned as a
fellow from the American Physical Society, saying he could not live with
its nonsensical endorsement of global-warming alarmism. Dr. Giaever
joins a host of other eminent scientists who have dismissed concerns
over global warming, including Freeman Dyson, a Princeton physicist and
America's best known scientist, Antonino Zichichi, the president of the
World Federation of Scientists and Italy's best known scientist, Claude
Allegre, a former socialist Minister of National Education, Research and
Technology and France's best-known scientist, and America's Reid Bryson,
known as the "father of scientific climatology" and judged "the world's
most cited climatologist" by the journal of the Institute of British

In contrast to this Who's Who of the scientific world, the list of top
globalwarming scientists falls far short. No scientist has been awarded
a Nobel Prize in a science field for his work on global warming because
no piece of science in the field has achieved a major scientific
breakthrough. This despite the globalwarming issue's dominance of the
scientific world for more than two decades, garnering the lion's share
of scientific funding and an inordinate amount of coverage in scientific
publications. The only Nobel Prize conferred on globalwarming advocates
came from the political wing of the Nobel Prize establishment, which
awarded them a prize for peace in consolation for their failure to merit
a prize for science.

The most celebrated global-warming scientist by far has been NASA's
James Hansen, whose 1988 testimony in the U.S. Senate first brought the
climate change issue to the popular press. Hansen presented projections,
based on his computer models, showing dangerously high temperatures in
the decades between then and now. Had those projections been borne out,
he would today have a Nobel Prize in science. Unfortunately for him, his
models proved to be duds. And aside from his global-warming work, he has
precious few scientific accomplishments.

The next most celebrated globalwarming scientist is Michael Mann,
developer of the infamous hockey stick model that showed temperatures on
Earth to have shot up dramatically in the last century, after 900
relatively stable years. That model, Mann's sole claim to fame, also
proved to be a dud. Once the icon of the global-warming movement, Mann's
hockey stick is now the subject of court proceedings and an icon for

What about all the thousands of scientists associated with the UN's
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who are said to endorse the
IPCC's global-warming theory? Do the globalwarming proponents make up in
quantity of scientists what they lack in quality? No. Those thousands of
scientists never endorsed the IPCC position, or any position. They were
merely peer reviewers of the IPCC reports, and they often disagreed with
the material they reviewed.

Some Canadians blame humans for global warming because they've been told
that Antarctica is melting in unprecedented ways, the "proof" being
spectacular film footage of huge chunks of ice breaking off into the
Antarctic Ocean. They don't yet know that Antarctic ice has always
broken off, that satellites show Antarctica to be gaining ice overall,
and that Antarctica has been getting colder, not warmer, over the last
half century.

Other Canadians think the Arctic ice is in danger of disappearing,
unaware that several times over the last century the Arctic Ocean was
actually navigable - today's Arctic is no different from before.

What about all the hurricanes predicted to ravage our shores because of
global warming? They never happened, and for good reason: As the IPCC's
own hurricane expert said in resigning from that organization, there is
no evidence that global warming will cause an increase in hurricanes.

The submerged islands in the Pacific? That, too, never happened. Yes,
the oceans have been rising, as they have been for centuries, but not
because of recent carbon dioxide emissions. In fact, the recent evidence
shows the oceans' rate of rise has been slowing.

The correlation between carbon dioxide and global warming? In the last
century, there has been none. While carbon-dioxide emissions have
steadily increased, the temperature has gone up and down like a yo-yo.
The down period in the 1970s was so severe that many scientists at the
time thought we were heading for a period of global cooling, as many do
again, now that the planet has again stopped warming.

There is, in fact, not one important claim made by the global-warming
alarmists that has stood up to scrutiny. The chief reason why so much of
the Canadian public remains misinformed is that the Canadian press has
failed to provide the scrutiny, or even to report the news - unlike the
U.S. and European press, for example, no mainstream Canadian news outlet
has yet reported Ivar Giaever's resignation earlier this week - this
column is likely the first you've heard of it.

Despite the media's general reluctance to report dissenting views of
global warming, Canadian are slowly becoming informed. Two years ago,
63% of Canadians told Angus Reid that they blamed humans for global
warming; last year 60% did so and last week, 52%. Next year, as
Canadians continue to better inform themselves, the percentage should be
in the 40s. We will then join the civilized peoples of the world in
having a healthy skepticism of those selling us pet theories on global
warming as if they were established fact.

? Lawrence Solomon is executive director of Energy Probe and Urban
Renaissance Institute and author of The Deniers.