Global Warming: Rush to Judgment

By October 14, 2005Energy, Global Warming

Yesterday morning Washingtonians were greeted with a front page story in the Washington Post by Juliet Eilperin entitled, “World Temperatures Keep Rising With a Hot 2005“, a new boost to the theory — the theory — of global warming.

We would be remiss if we didn’t remind you regular blog readers yet again that there are many scientific uncertainties surrounding climate change. There is scientific consensus that concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are increasing. However, there is no consensus on whether these higher concentrations contribute to global warming or on whether incremental warming would cause net harmful effects. In fact, there is long standing consensus that there have been large temperature variations over the past millennium.

Here’s a link to our one-pager on climate change, just to refresh your memory. And, here’s a link to a story from yesterday — from Accuracy in Media — poking ABC-sized holes in the entire theory and in the failed hopes that were Kyoto.

We just want to be ever-vigilant in getting the facts out there, lest folks get carried away and begin accepting notions as fact. We need energy efficiency in this country and we need to find new sources of energy. We need to get about the business of doing that right away. Click here to send a letter to your Member of Congress, urging them to do what they can to help with the supply side of the supply/demand energy equation.

Post Script: See the excellent comment posted below by John McLean:

“[T]he graph at the base of the page (of the Washington Post story) showed that temperatures have fallen in the last 2 years. The annual average temperature in US has fallen since 1998. NASA’s webpage on the subject shows that in 2004 about 50% of the world had average temperatures below the average for the last 5 years.

I wonder how the Washington Post justifies their comment that temperatures keep rising’?”

Good question.