The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) has issued a rebuttal to the United Nation's International Panel on Climate Change. The report challenges the theory that man somehow has played a major role in changing the global climate, and also challenges the need to adopt painful and costly measures to combat this perceived threat, such as giving up meat in our diets.
Where many in the AGW community would have you believe that there is a consensus over global warming theory, the reports showcases the ongoing debate on the topic and support for alternative theories. Over 31,478 American scientists signed a petition in the appendix citing “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate."
Unlike the UN's IPCC, which is chaired by Rajendra Pachauri, an Indian economist with no formal climatology training, the NIPCC is headed by two esteemed climatologists, each with a large body of work in the field.
The first coauthor of the report is Dr. S. Fred Singer, a former director of the U.S. Weather Satellite Service, now part of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Dr. Singer received a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award for his outstanding work in the field. In the 1980s he continued to study the Earth's climate as the vice chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Oceans and Atmosphere (NACOA). He also taught as a professor at University of Virginia.
Dr. Craig D. Idso also coauthored the report. Dr. Idso has a Ph.D in geography from Arizona State University. He has extensively studied the climate as a faculty researcher in the Office of Climatology at Arizona State University, and has published papers in the field of climatology. He also lectured on Meteorology at Arizona State University. His specialties include studying the growing season, the seasonal cycle of atmospheric CO2, world food supplies, coral reefs, and urban CO2 concentrations.
Among the conclusions reached by these esteemed researchers were that:
The pair, along with the 31,478 scientists backing their assertions, are urging lawmakers worldwide to carefully consider the body of evidence against AGW theory and lack of evidence in support of AGW theory. Cutting carbon emissions by a mere 15 percent is estimated to cost $1,600 per U.S. citizen yearly and leave the nation $9.4 trillian poorer. Totally forgoing carbon emissions could be extrapolated to cost the average citizen over $10,500 USD yearly. And Dr. Idso and Dr. Singer provide compelling evidence that this would be a pointless and foolhardy sacrifice as it would have virtually no affect on the climate.
quote: The current list of petition signers includes 9,029persons who hold Ph.D.s, 7,153 who hold an MS,2,585 who hold MDs or DVMs, and 12,711 who holda BS or equivalent academic degrees. Most of the MDand DVM signers also have underlying degrees inbasic science.
quote: This article makes it out as though there are absolutely no ill effects and that we could save billions just doing nothing. Well I beg to differ, as while man made global warming may not exist, popping your head outside on a nice summers day and noticing that you are unable to see more than a few miles away because of the massive smog cloud is proof enough for me that man made emissions DO have an effect on us.
quote: And further, the issue of smog emissions would be a moot point if America adopted clean nuclear power. But the environmental lobbies have fought that, kicking and screaming all the way.
quote: there is a lot of speculation that because the sky is so clear now, that is what may be making the earth a tad warmer than a century ago
quote: Scientists have yet to prove that AGW exists and a growing body of evidence suggest otherwise.
quote: The question is how many of those scientists are actually involved in climate research. If you can find a million medical doctors who swear that the Earth is flat...all you've done is demonstrated your ability to mobilize a million moron march.
quote: This is just an appeal to ignorance on the part of a group of climate change denialists. The ignorance they're appealing to is that of the general public, who as a whole are probably entirely stupid enough to hear "there's an assload of scientists who don't agree with this" and just accept it uncritically.
quote: The question is how many of those scientists are actually involved in climate research.
quote: 12,711 who hold a BS or equivalent academic degrees
quote: It give no description of how it classifies scientists you notice.
quote: All of the listed signers have formal educations in fields of specialization that suitably qualify them to evaluate the research data related to the petition statement. Many of the signers currently work in climatological, meteorological, atmospheric,environmental, geophysical, astronomical, an biological fields directly involved in the climate change controversy.
quote: The fact that SOMEONE could read the paper, and could agree with it, and could have agreed with it already before reading it, means that there is a fundamental problem here!
quote: Regardless of how many hacks may have signed this, I expect this report to be weighed equally.
quote: ...I think it's ridiculously more complicated than lung cancer. If climate science were simple, we'd have been able to figure out how to predict the weather with great certainty a long time ago.
quote: At that point we need to do something totally HORRIFIC and DREADFUL. We need to actually READ the papers on either side and figure it out for ourselves, without brining our own belief system into the issue.
quote: you are basically saying the report is not valid at all because the ppl who signed it are not qualified to decide
quote: and you are not qualified to read the report since you are not a climate guru and hence can not have a stance for either side.
quote: Might be a better idea to ask a medical doctor instead...
quote: That's because you're an idiot.Another paper, having been written, is not automatically worthy of equal consideration. No matter how many hacks have signed it.I can find plenty of people who will sign a document stating that the world is flat. Should that document be given equal status to the body of science that shows the world is round?Here's your sign.
quote: Both sides will use whatever tactic necessary to get their point across, when the fact remains that there is no conclusive evidence to prove either theory.
quote: I think this report is just skeptics grasping at straws. - Jason Mick
quote: How about simple biology?
quote: Throw more CO2 (or methane, or lots of other things) in the air and it traps more heat into the atmosphere...which when viewed as a planetary effect, raises average temperatures. Raising average
quote: when food crops are failing farther south and the bands of desrtification on either side of the equater are continually expanding, monumentally increasing poverty and starvation worldwide, the fact taht you can turn your heater down a notch in your igloo is a pretty ugly little bit of narcissism.
quote: ...how about pulling your head out of your @$$ and realizing that climate change is not simple?
quote: Sure, throw more CO2 at a plant and it grows more. If you stop there, you're an idiot.
quote: Throw more CO2 (or methane, or lots of other things) in the air and it traps more heat into the atmosphere...which when viewed as a planetary effect, raises average temperatures. Raising average temperatures increases desertification, causes species loss, melts the poles and causes land loss, so on and so forth.
quote: Backed by 31,7648 U.S. Scientists
quote: •Real-world observations do not support the IPCC’s claim that current trends in climate and weather are “unprecedented” and, therefore, the result of anthropogenic greenhouse gases.
quote: ...leave the nation $9.4 trillian poorer.
quote: We know you really, really, really, really don't want to change behaviors that could very well lead to calamity, Michael. We get it.
quote: Typical "Findings BEFORE Facts" garbage that the neoconservatives used to justify the Bush Administration's doctoring of scientific reports for the previous eight years. Piss off.