By Paul deWitt

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Bob Perry’s guest column in The Bulletin on Nov. 8 presented an excellent analysis of the funding of climate change research.

He noted the corruption of government-funded research, frequently based on discredited theories and models that point to anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and the role of carbon dioxide as a harmful gas. Perry correctly suggested the federal government, which has paid over $55 billion for climate change studies, should consider the funding sources for studies that purport to prove a connection between human activities and the climate.

He cited examples of two studies used by the GAO in its report on government priorities “to manage (climate change) risks.” One such study was funded by Democrat billionaire activists Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg and the other by Obama’s EPA.

Another Obama legacy report that was released in November, the Climate Science Special Report prepared by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, is, according to climate specialist Dr. Gordon J. Fulks (Ph.D., physics), “the latest edition in a long line of government reports linking human emissions of carbon dioxide with just about every climate and weather event that we observe today.” Fulks describes its “central thesis … that we live in an age where weather and climate have gone substantially berserk, because we have added a little CO2 to the atmosphere, creating a ‘runaway greenhouse effect.’”

Noting the ludicrous nature of such a claim, Fulks argues: “The most basic physics of our climate points out that we live on a fluid planet with vast oceans and atmosphere that are never in equilibrium. Large variations from average climate are completely normal. When external forcing is applied, (such as) changes in the Earth’s orbit, the great climate variations called Ice Ages come into play. Similarly, variations in solar irradiance and galactic cosmic rays probably play a role in our constantly changing climate. The primary scientific issue is the relative importance of the extraterrestrial effects to those within our terrestrial climate system.”

To contend, as AGW proponents do, that man has caused global warming and extreme weather events with higher levels of CO2 is a fraudulent distortion of historical data that prove the existence of much higher (and lower) temperatures during previous climate cycles. One only has to refer back to the Medieval Warming Period and the Little Ice Age to verify this fact.

In fact, a recent study by the University of Alabama-Huntsville reveals the fallacy in the AGW activist position about the rate of warming and the relationship of CO2 to increasing temperatures. The study found that most climate models significantly overstate the rise in temperatures.

According to an Investor’s Business Daily report on the study, “the calculated value from the actual data (going back to 1880) are less than half” what most climate models predict, 2 degrees Fahrenheit rather than 4.1. Using satellite data (the most accurate and comprehensive available) and correcting for temporary effects of volcanoes and El Niño and La Niña climate episodes, the study found that the rate of global warming was 0.096 degrees Celsius per decade, exactly what it was 23 years ago, despite significant increases in CO2. Forecasts “of massive global warming based on rising levels of CO2” are shown to be not only erroneous but also unscientific.

The mendacious claims of the global warming/climate change alarmists are nothing more than a power grab and attempt to divert public funds to their pet AGW projects and studies. They falsely assert “97 percent consensus” among the scientific community on the relevance of human activity to climate change and global warming to try to shut down skeptics when the truth is that their conclusions cannot be supported by the scientific method (experimentation and peer review).

They should be seen as what they are: a collection of special interest groups trying to drive governments to devote more and more finite financial resources to the chimera of man-caused global warming.

— Paul deWitt lives in Bend.