Government grants do harm to science

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Regarding the April 15 article on page 7 of the U-B.

Is Earth warming? You bet!

Has been since the last Ice Age. A few kilometers of depth of ice over Chicago are gone and the sea level has raised over 400 feet.

But, what is it doing now? About the same as the last couple of hundred years. The climate is still doing some minor oscillations at the peak of our interglacial period, too. But, can we ascribe human added CO2 as the root cause?

In 1988, John Kerry, Al Gore and James Hansen staged a great societal disservice by turning off the air conditioners and opening the windows during a hot day in the Capitol. It was a sweltering hearing on the hypothesis by Dr. Hansen that we would all soon die from human enhanced carbon dioxide in the air we breathe.

This chemist was skeptical then and remains so now due to observational evidence such as the thermodynamics of the well-behaved trace CO2 molecule and the abundant and complex air conditioner molecule H2O. As a result, I am one of over 31,000 scientists who signed the petition project. The consensus is questioned, mainly because it never really existed. The IPCC panel is 80 percent politically nominated nonscientists.

With government grants came the duplicity of the alarmists and the raping of the scientific method. This became openly evident with Climategate, then Climategate 2, Fakegate, and now Climategate 3.

In refute of the alarm has come numerous peer reviewed papers. Recently, Dr. Don Easterbrook presented such evidence to the Washington state Senate Committee on Energy, Environment and Telecommunications.

The predictive models are not able to describe current and historical climates. Most alarmist investigators “hockey sticked” the Roman and Medieval warming and the Little Ice Age. The last 15 years of data show an unpredicted flattening, if not outright cooling period, beyond the outer bounds of model uncertainties and continuing.

As a defense lawyer once said, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!” So goes true scientific method of hypothesis and reproducible evidentiary proof.

Gary Troyer

Richland

Comments

Igor 11 months, 1 week ago

Outstanding letter! As The Economist pointed out in a recent edition, the temperature of the earth has, despite gargantuan CO2 emissions, been flat for the past 15 years contrary to what The Polar Bears Are Drowning crowd told us would happen if we did not reduce carbon emission post haste. All of their predictions were based on computer models that were flawed from the get go. The fact of the matter is that the earth has warmed and cooled and warmed and cooled many, many times over the eons, way before the first automobiles hit the road and the first coal burning boilers came online. The global warming alarmists like to cite the so-called Hansen Hockey Stick Graph to support their nutty theory, but that graph does not consider prior cooling periods. There's a short book I read years ago entitled Lying With Statistics, which the disciples of Hansen should read sometime. Or better still, read Steve Gorham's The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism. Oh wait! I forgot! The science is settled! Shame on me!

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stvsngltn 11 months, 1 week ago

A most excellent letter from someone who knows the truth about this issue. Speaking of Dr. Don Easterbrook, he edited a favorite and very informative book on this subject entitled, "Evidence-Based Climate Science (Data opposing CO2 emissions as the primary source of global warming." (2011). I'll include the key features here: - Authored by the world's leading climate scientists, each with more than 25 years of experience in the field. - Offers an unbiased analysis of scientific data -- readers can see for themselves the evidence for the amount and timing of global temperature changes. -includes extensive analysis of the physics of CO2 as a greenhouse gas and its role in global warming - Provides comprehensive citations, references, and bibliography

Anyone who reads this book would be foolish to continue assuming the science is settle and the "debate is over" ... it isn't by a long shot.

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