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Viscount Monckton gives a presentation during the 2007 Conference on Climate Change
"Considerable presence" of skeptics

Updated 7/17/2008

After publication of this story, the APS responded with a  statement that its Physics and Society Forum is merely one unit within the APS, and its views do not reflect those of the Society at large. 

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.  The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science.  The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming "incontrovertible."

In a posting to the APS forum, editor Jeffrey Marque explains,"There is a considerable presence within the scientific community of people who do not agree with the IPCC conclusion that anthropogenic CO2 emissions are very probably likely to be primarily responsible for global warming that has occurred since the Industrial Revolution."

The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity -- the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause -- has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling.   A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.

Larry Gould, Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford and Chairman of the New England Section of the APS, called Monckton's paper an "expose of the IPCC that details numerous exaggerations and "extensive errors"

In an email to DailyTech, Monckton says, "I was dismayed to discover that the IPCC's 2001 and 2007 reports did not devote chapters to the central 'climate sensitivity' question, and did not explain in proper, systematic detail the methods by which they evaluated it. When I began to investigate, it seemed that the IPCC was deliberately concealing and obscuring its method." 

According to Monckton, there is substantial support for his results, "in the peer-reviewed literature, most articles on climate sensitivity conclude, as I have done, that climate sensitivity must be harmlessly low."

Monckton, who was the science advisor to Britain's Thatcher administration, says natural variability is the cause of most of the Earth's recent warming.   "In the past 70 years the Sun was more active than at almost any other time in the past 11,400 years ... Mars, Jupiter, Neptune’s largest moon, and Pluto warmed at the same time as Earth."

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Job Creation via Global Warming
By jjohn143 on 7/18/2008 6:37:47 AM , Rating: 2
I think most people miss the global view of global warming. The western world is in die need of jobs, jobs that won't leave to the next low-wage country. We need jobs that will stay local. The global warming fallacy will provide these jobs, of course from the tax dollars of its citizens. You see there will always be another China, a country with the ability to produce cheaper manufactured goods, one that we in the western world cannot compete with. But we must have jobs, so what will they be? We cannot all have economies based on banking and insurance, hence Global Warming to the rescue. Living in Michigan USA where we broke every snowfall record recorded but 1 (and only missed it by .1 inch) and regularly setting cold temperature records, the true believers claim this is from global warming, like night is caused from day, sure, I understand.

We have no control of the suns output and the naysayers claim CO2 pollution is causing warming? If anything it has been proved that pollution blocks the suns rays from hitting the earth and sea, causing less evaporation, hence less rain, and then droughts. When I speak with GW theorists I often ask how they know the earth is not supposed to be warmer than what is acceptable for human life?

In the US, the big fight is about drilling for oil in the arctic. Oil, a fossil fuel, how did it get there if it was always covered with ice? Evidently that area was teaming with life sometime prior to the presence of man and his wretched automobiles. And for the people of religion who believe in GW, do you really think, excuse me, are you so egotistical that you actually believe we could really affect anything God has created? Do you believe that we as just another inconsequential species living here, that we have any real affect on anything?

This is the next boon for Job creation though and as my sister warned me, you don’t have to believe in it, but it is not going away, we need the jobs!

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