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Yes Virginia, Global Warming will not be Catastrophic!

Earlier this week, the Science and Public Policy Institute (SPPI) announced “the publication of a major peer-reviewed paper by Professor Richard Lindzen of MIT, demonstrating by direct measurement that outgoing long-wave radiation is escaping to space far faster than the UN predicts, and proving that the UN has exaggerated global warming 6-fold.”

The SPPI press release described the paper this way:

“Lindzen’s paper on outgoing long-wave radiation shows that the “global warming” scare is over. Thanks to recent peer-reviewed papers that have not been mentioned in themainstream news media, we now know that the effect of CO2 on temperature is small, we now why it is small, and we know that it is having very little effect on the climate.”

Among the findings in the July 2009 issue of SPPI’s “Monthly CO2 Reports” were the following:

  • “The IPCC assumes CO2 concentration will reach 836 ppmv by 2100, but, for almost eight years, CO2 concentration has headed straight for only 570 ppmv by 2100. This alone halves all of the IPCC’s temperature projections.
  • Since 1980 temperature has risen at only 2.5 °F (1.5 °C)/century, not the 7 F° (3.9 C°) the IPCC imagines.
    “Sea level rose just 8 inches in the 20th century and has been rising at just 1 ft/century since 1993. Sea level has scarcely risen since 2006. Also, Pacific atolls are not being drowned by the sea, as some have suggested.
  • “Arctic sea-ice extent is about the same as it has been at this time of year in the past decade. In the Antarctic, sea ice extent – on a 30-year rising trend – reached a record high in 2007.
  • “Global sea ice extent shows little trend for 30 years.
  • “Hurricane and tropical-cyclone activity is at its lowest since satellitemeasurement began.
  • “Solar activity has declined again, after a large sunspot earlier in themonth. The Sun is still very quiet.
  • “The (very few) benefits and the (very large) costs of theWaxman/Markey Bill are illustrated. The Bill would cost trillions and achieve nothing.
  • “Science Focus this month studies the effect of the Sun on the formation of clouds. IT’S THE SUN, STUPID!

The full report is accessible with the link at the bottom of the press release. 

Will Congress and the media stop pandering to the global warming alarmists, and junk the Waxman-Markey job-killing, economy-arresting so-called energy legislation now in the U.S. Senate? If you agree, call or write Virginia’s two senators: Jim Webb and Mark Warner.

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -- write to him or call (202) 224-2023


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