Global Warming: Lung Cancer Causes Smoking???

By December 7, 2006Global Warming

Well, if you believe Al Gore’s theory of global warming, you’ll believe that lung cancer causes smoking. Why? Yesterday’s hearing — totally ignored by the mainstream media, as we predicted yesterday (Balance? What balance?) — featured climate expert, and ShopFloor.org friend and contributor Bob Carter.

Gore has claimed that rises in CO2 have tracked a rise in global temperature. Thus, more CO2 causes global warming, QED, right? Well, not so fast. Carter actually looked at the data. While the rise in CO2 and the rise in global temperatures correlate, there’s a very important flaw in Gore’s theory. Here’s what Professor Carter had to say:

“If you look at the ice core records, you will discover that yes, changes in carbon dioxide are accompanied by changes in temperature, but you will also discover that the change in temperature precedes the change in carbon dioxide by several hundred years to a thousand or so years. Reflect on that. And reflect on when you last heard somebody say that they thought lung cancer caused smoking. Because that is what you are arguing if you argue on the glacial time scale that changes in carbon dioxide cause temperature changes. It is the other way around.” (Emphasis ours)

Talk about inconvenient truth!

Join the discussion 6 Comments

  • Pat Cleary says:

    To Michael Zak:

    Tsk! Didn’t you know that this is just weather??? It’s only climate when it’s a heat wave!

    See this link: http://blog.nam.org/archives/2006/11/climate_or_weat.php

    Thanks for writing,

    Pat Cleary

  • Pete H says:

    To Common Sense:

    If you really want to “do research” you should read “Meltdown The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media” by Patrick J. Michaels. Compare that to “An Inconvenient Truth” and then you decide for yourself. Most “skeptics” aren’t disputing the fact that the planet is warming and that increases in CO2 should cause some increase in the warming. However, to focus on a few extreme scenarios generated by computer GCMs (general circulation models) seems a little ridiculous. First we came up with a “best guess computer model.” Then we fed that model 35 different levels of anthropogenic emissions tuned to 7 different sensitivities. Then we looked at the output and some of the resulting scenarios seemed to be extreme. Now we are ready to make public policy because we can’t prove the computer model is wrong or that the extreme scenarios are impossible? That doesn’t seem logical or scientific to me in the least.
    There is a “modest and predictable effect” that seems to be ignored in favor of the fear mongering approach taken by Gore and others. Take a look at the Carbon Cycle and specifically the “anthropogenic carbon equivalent” in context with the natural carbon cycle. If you really want to do research, you owe it to yourself to be informed.

  • Michael Zak says:

    Today, central Illinois is buried beneath more than a foot of global warming flakes.

  • common sense says:

    Whoever wrote this article is an idiot!!! I just read Gore’s book on global warming, and unless YOU are some scientist, which your’re not, KEEP YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS TO YOURSELF. I’m trying to do research and my time is wasted by being sent to your BS site. Talk about an inconvenient website.

  • Richard Becker says:

    “If you look at the ice core records, you will discover that yes, changes in carbon dioxide are accompanied by changes in temperature, but you will also discover that the change in temperature precedes the change in carbon dioxide by several hundred years to a thousand or so years. Reflect on that.”

    The above is also mentioned in the book titled “Unstoppable global Warming every 1,500 years, by S. Fred Singer of George Mason University in Fairfax, VA., and Dennis Avery of the Hudson Institute.

    Each chapter has many footnotes for anyone to followup on the sources. Greater global warming occurred 2,000 years ago, in Roman times, with no ill effects.

    According to elementary school science and geography in the’40s, a vast ice sheet covered the Northern tier of States and the Great Lakes. It melted when the earth warmed up. Since there presumably did not exist autos, power plants etc. at that time, what was the source of warming? Natural cyclical forces. RHB

  • Bill says:

    This isn’t Al Gore’s theory — he is just one of many people trying to tell the public what scientists are finding. And although the relationship between the timing of CO2 and temperature rise is complicated, what you suggest is simply incorrect. You can read more about this at RealClimate.org here:
    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php?p=13