Models Show 'Global-Warming Crisis' not Really Coming
Written By: Bill Bumpas | Posted: Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
New NASA satellite data reveals that computer models relied upon by the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have been predicting too much global warming.
These computer models helped to support the IPCC's claims that humans are causing a global-warming crisis. But now, James Taylor, senior fellow for environmental policy at The Heartland Institute, says new information proves otherwise.
"Real-world temperature data shows that temperatures have not warmed as rapidly as the computer models predicated," he explains. "And now we're getting a better explanation as to why, and we're seeing from the satellite data that more heat is escaping into space than the computer models predict."
So he decides that means the predictions from the U.N.'s computer models need to be "taken with a healthy grain of salt."
"We know that if the computer models are failing to replicate real-world conditions ... they can't be relied upon to predict future predictions," Taylor reasons. "And the fact that they continually predict more warming than that has actually occurred should tell policy makers that we need to slow down on this mad rush to restrict carbon-dioxide emissions because the projected global-warming crisis does not appear to be coming."
The environment expert points out that reducing carbon-dioxide emissions means getting away from inexpensive energy sources like coal and natural gas, which he says will lead to "astronomical prices" for transportation fuel and electricity. And that will have "serious negative repercussions throughout the economy," he adds.
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