By March 30, 2009Energy, Global Warming

The Cato Institute bought a full page ad today in The Washington Post, one of those ads that features a long list of signatories, in this case scientists. The text:

“Few challenges facing America and

 the world are more urgent than combating

 climate change.The science is beyond

 dispute and the facts are clear.”


With all due respect

Mr. President, that is not true.

We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated. Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now.1,2 After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events.3 The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior.4 Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.

Here’s the PDF version, with the names.

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