Tuesday, March 31, 2009

No Mr. President, the science is not certain

On November 18, 2008, President Obama said "few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than fighting climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear."

The reality is different. Many scientists disagree with the "facts," their certainty, and their interpretation. Over 100 scientists signed this statement: We, the undersigned scientists, maintain that the case for alarm regarding climate change is grossly overstated. Surface temperature changes over the past century have been episodic and modest and there has been no net global warming for over a decade now. After controlling for population growth and property values, there has been no increase in damages from severe weather-related events. The computer models forecasting rapid temperature change abjectly fail to explain recent climate behavior. Mr. President, your characterization of the scientific facts regarding climate change and the degree of certainty informing the scientific debate is simply incorrect.

This appeared in the Cato Institute's newspaper ad on March 31, 2009.

Check it out at: www.cato.org

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