Global warming, or “climate change” as they call it when it’s cold outside, was a major focus of President Obama’s State of the Union address last night. The president’s claims, that due to global warming 2014 was the warmest year on record, are disputed by experts, The Daily Signal reported today. The Daily Signal addressed the global warming and climate change issues discussed by the president last night with two experts on global warming from The Hegitate Foundation, research assistant Katie Tubb and economist Nicolas Loris.
That claim, used to justify global warming regulations, that last year was the hottest year on record, was also reported by the Inquisitr. The article reports that, despite the claims about 2014 temperatures by advocates of global warming policies, most Americans, according to polling data, deny that global warming is a threat.
“John R. Christy, atmospheric scientist at the University of Alabama, believes the harmful effects of (global warming) are exaggerated. Christy was quick to point out that 2014 set the record by only a few hundredths of a degree, which is within the margin of error for global temperature keeping. Since the end of the 20th century, the temperature hasn’t done much,” the Inquisitr reported Dr. Christy explaining about claims of global warming. “It’s on this kind of warmish plateau.”
Disputing the claim about 2014 being the hottest year, as quoted by the president in making his case for global warming policies, Tubb of the Heritage Foundation noted that such records on global temperatures have only been kept for 135 years and that 2014 was only 0.02 degrees Celsius hotter than the previous “hotter” year, a difference that is smaller than the NASA-accepted margin of error for such measurements and one that doesn’t indicate any significant degree of global warming.
In his comments about global warming and climate change, the president made a claim that 14 of the 15 warmest years on record have occurred in the last 15 years, a claim suggesting there is global warming.
Nick Loris of the Heritage Foundation disputed global warming claims, stating,
“One year doesn’t make a trend, Obama says. And he calls attention to 14 of the warmest 15 years on record being in this century. Here’s what he fails to mention. There has been no increase in global surface temperatures over the past 15 plus years, even as global carbon dioxide emissions increased and climate models projected there would be increases in warming during this timeframe. Climate models continue to stray further from climate realities.”
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) also disputed the president on global warming policies, Channel 2 ABC News in Tulsa reported yesterday, calling Obama’s global warming policies “wealth redistribution.” In the past the president has called for taxes and regulations on businesses as the remedy for global warming, which critics have labeled a massive redistribution of wealth using global warming as the claimed basis.
“While he markets these regulations as a means to save us from global warming, a recent NERA study predicts the President’s climate agenda would only reduce CO2 concentration by less than one-half of a percent; it would only reduce the average global temperature by less than 2/100th of a degree; and it would only reduce the rise of sea levels by 1/100th of an inch – or the thickness of three sheets of paper,” Sen. Inhofe stated about the president’s global warming policies.
“In the meantime, the President’s (global warming) agenda will cost our economy $479-billion dollars; we will experience a double-digit electricity price increase; and tens of thousands of Americans will lose access to well-paying jobs over the course of the next decade.”
Recent science news also bolsters claims by global warming skeptics. Environment News Service reports that tropical forests consume more “greenhouse gas” carbon dioxide as more is emitted, bolstering claims by global warming skeptics that nature balances out carbon dioxide levels regardless of how much of the gas is emitted by human actions.
“Tropical forests have a bigger appetite for the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide than many scientists have believed – even greater than that of temperate forests, finds a new study led by NASA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research, NCAR. As human-caused emissions from burning fossil fuels add more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, forests worldwide are using that CO2 to grow faster, reducing the amount of the greenhouse gas that stays airborne. This effect is called carbon dioxide fertilization,” Environment News Service reported about in regard to the relation of carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.
While the debate over global warming continues, it is clear the claims of some that the science behind global warming is settled or is “consensus” is not so clear as many experts and scientists dispute that human beings are causing global warming or that there is any significant degree of global warming happening.
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