American Elephants

Meet Dr. John Christy, Renowned Climate Scientist. by The Elephant's Child
November 15, 2009, 9:49 pm
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Dr. John Christy is a prominent University of Alabama in Huntsville climate scientist.  He has testified before Congress many times, and often begins a speech by reminding his audience that “consensus is not science.” Dr. Christy spoke to the Huntsville Rotary last week, and the Huntsville Times outlined his basic argument, clear and simple, which is worth sharing:

* The data being used to predict catastrophic warming is suspect.

* Models generated from that data “overstate the warming” actually taking place. The earth is warming, but not that much, and it has warmed and cooled for eons.

* The Earth’s atmosphere is nowhere near as sensitive to carbon dioxide as some environmentalists believe.

* Any “solution” to perceived global warming must balance the growing worldwide demand for energy against cutting carbon dioxide output.

* Fleet mileage requirements now proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency “would reduce global temperatures by about 1/100th of a degree,” Christy said.

* You would need to replace 1,000 coal-fired power plants with 1,000 nuclear plants to change global climate even .15 of a degree, he said.

” This is the scale (of global climate) we are talking about,” Christy said.

In his talk, Christy also took aim at several other widely discussed pronouncements.

* One cost of mandating harsh energy controls is the migration of industry to areas where requirements are less, Christy said.

* Temperatures in the Arctic have increased over the last 100 years, he agreed, but that’s only because 100 years ago “was the coldest it’s been in a long time.”

* Arctic ice has melted, but ice has grown in Antarctica. Between the two, there’s about as much ice as always.

* There are more polar bears now, not fewer. Canada issues 800 bear-hunting permits each year, he pointed out.

* Temperatures may be warmer in Greenland, but scientific experiments with ice fields show “that 4,000 years ago, it was warmer in Greenland than it is today.

* Greenland did not melt,” Christy said.

* Why is the apocalyptic view of climate change so widespread?

“Funding comes if you have an alarming story,” Christy said.

He also cited “group think” and said scientists revel in the attention their views about climate brings. “It’s almost a drug,” Christy said.


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Whoa Child!! Slow down….this stuff might fall under a header of scientifically verified common sense….if you hit us with it too hard it might slap us out of our virtual reality and cause some sort of irreparable damage…Are you sure anyone is really ready to hear this type of information. I mean think of the heresy charges that might be brought forth by Saint Al, and the Church of Imminent Global Catastrophe


Comment by Mike Lovell

If we give Congress and the President to sign a bill into law that will prevent Climate Change, if it is snowing that day will we forever shovel and, will it be snow or @#%!?


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