In an attempt to justify “cap and trade” (which is simply a thinly-veiled tax) numerous government agencies claim that carbon dioxide emissions from human industrial activities are a major cause of climate change. The facts indicate otherwise.
As reported in Business Week magazine (8/10/09 issue), quoting a June, 2009 report by Greenpeace, concerning deforestation in countries like Brazil, “Carbon released from slash-and-burn techniques, plus the loss of forest themselves, account for some 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the study notes, a larger share than that from all the world’s cars, planes, ships, trains, and trucks combined.”
So while the carbon taxers cite industrial activity as the cause of climate change , and use that assertion as a basis for new taxes, they ignore what Greenpeace has identified as the single largest source of carbon emissions.
How Bad is the Carbon Threat?
According to National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research, atmospheric CO2 content has increased from 315.98 ppm (parts per MILLION) in 1959 to 385.57 in 2008 (as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii) During that same time period:
*World population has increased 131%, from 2.9 billion to 6.7 billion
*CO2 concentrations increased less than 70ppm– roughly 22%
Even at current levels, carbon dioxide accounts for only .04% of the atmosphere (that’s 4/100s of a percent– up 1/100 of a percent since 1959).
Considering that every member of the world population leaves a “carbon footprint”, as does the ever-increasing number of animals raised to feed the world population, how significant can the impact be of burning fossil fuels?
The following article, which references information originally published in the “The Telegraph” (United Kingdom) was published on the National Center for Policy Analysis web site (www.ncpa.org) on December 1, 2009. Below that, you’ll find this site’s original content, which was published in August, 2009. It contains a number of statistics that demonstrate the reason “scientists” studying climate change felt the need to “cook the books”– legitimate facts simply don’t substantiate their claims that human industrial activity is a major cause of global warming.
CLIMATE CHANGE: THIS IS THE WORST SCIENTIFIC SCANDAL OF OUR GENERATION
The reason why there has been an expression of total shock and dismay over the leaked University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) emails is that the senders and recipients of the mails constitute a cast list of scientific elite. They are the authors of global temperature record that is the most important of the four sets of temperature data on which the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and governments rely — not least for their predictions that the world will warm to catastrophic levels unless trillions of dollars are spent to avert it, says author Christopher Booker.
There are three threads in particular in the leaked documents which have sent a shock wave through informed observers across the world, say Booker:
A series of emails shows how Professor Philip Jones, head of the CRU, and his colleagues have for years been discussing the devious tactics whereby they could avoid releasing their data to outsiders under freedom of information laws; scientists are advised to delete large chunks of data, which, when this is done after receipt of a freedom of information request, is a criminal offence.
Other emails show how the scientists manipulate data through their tortuous computer programs, always to point in only the one desired direction — to lower past temperatures and to “adjust” recent temperatures upwards, in order to convey the impression of an accelerated warming.
Lastly, the emails demonstrate the ruthless way in which these academics have been determined to silence any expert questioning of the findings they have arrived at by such dubious methods — not just by refusing to disclose their basic data but by discrediting and freezing out any scientific journal which dares to publish their critics’ work.
Last week, the former Chancellor Lord (Nigel) Lawson rightly called for a proper independent inquiry into the maze of skullduggery revealed by the CRU leaks. Our hopelessly compromised scientific establishment cannot be allowed to get away with a whitewash of what has become the greatest scientific scandal of our age, says Booker.
Source: Christopher Booker, “Climate Change: This is the Worst Scientific Scandal of Our Generation,” The Telegraph, November 28, 2009