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Monday, June 19, 2006

There is an interesting discussion going on in a Knoxviews post about Al Gore’s new flick, “An Inconvenient Truth”. Now, I’m no climatologist – of course, neither is Al, but that’s not stopping him, however, that’s beside the point – but it seems to me that the debate shouldn’t be about the presence of global warming.

Although, there is ample evidence that the global climate has changed in the last several decades, the more relevant question is how much of that change is anthropogenic, and how much is related to solar activity. Environmentalists instinctively want to blame the Western world for all of the ills of mankind. Some even want to blame the Bush administration, as the Katrina hysteria showed. However, I think that the jury is still out on how the industrial lifestyle has affected climate. In fact, I seem to recall a study that was done not too long ago that directly correlated sunspot activity with mean global temperature. (I’ll link to it if I can find it.) If that is true, it seems to me that man’s contribution to climate change is minimal at best.

My point is that even decades of data aren’t enough to satisfactorily answer the question of anthropogenic versus solar contribution to global warming. In fact, the absence of unqualified proof of anthropogenic global warming is enough for me to be dead set against initiatives such as Kyoto. With such uncertainty, there is no reason for us to ruin global economies just to gain what are assuredly nominal changes in carbon gas emissions. And there is no reason for sensible people to give Al Gore a platform for his environmental policies.


.: posted by Dave 1:15 PM

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