Imagine reading this headline: Eating Rice Linked to Unemployment! The story describes how a random sample of the citizenry has been sampled and asked how much rice they eat and if they have recently lost their job. The conclusions show that the study has established a link between the consumption of rice and joblessness.
Of course, lots of people eat rice because it's relatively inexpensive. People of limited resources eat more of it than wealthy people. Just claiming that a "link" exists really doesn't say much about cause and effect. Eating rice every day will not make you lose your job.
With the debate on global warming we often hear about "links" to pollution, carbon dioxide and industrial emissions. Do these things really cause the climate to warm up? Given the dramatic boom in the Earth's population (6 billion) and our rapid industrialization and oil consumption it makes sense that our carbon emissions will climb any graph. No one will question that the world is a much more polluted place than it was in the past. But are these things causing the climate to get warmer? In fact, before we attempt to link these things we need to know... is the climate even getting warmer?
November and December of 2009 saw El Paso get snowfall before New England! The weather seems to be contradicting the paradigm we have neen taught about a warming planet. Who can you believe? I know, let's ask NASA. They should know. They have all those billion dollar satellites and decades of records. Right?
Under the FOIA (Freedom Of Information Act) NASA has been asked to provide their data about the Earth's climate ahead of the US attending and signing on to the Copenhagen Conference of Global Warming. Much is at stake here because the US is primed to fork over huge amounts of our National treasury to lesser polluting, underdeveloped countries as part of our reparation for being one of the major polluters of the planet. Surprisingly (or maybe not), NASA has failed to turn over the data.
Mark Hess, public affairs director for the Goddard Space Flight Center which runs the GISS laboratory, said they are working on the FOIA request, though he couldn't say why they have taken so long.
"We're collecting the information and will respond with all the responsive relevant information to all of his requests. It's just a process you have to go through where you have to collect data that's responsive."
Since that was unproductive we went to some other sources who supposedly got their information from NASA. They summarized the following facts which seem to shed doubt on the global warming trend:
- The earth today is not the warmest it has ever been. Global temperatures were as much as 2 degrees centigrade warmer more than a few times including the Medieval and Roman Periods. (see the chart [above])
- For most of the past 10,000 years the earth was warmer than today's temperatures.
- 2000 years of global temperature data, note the current global warming starting in the mid 1700s, well before man started producing much CO2.
- The warmest year ever recorded in the USA was 1934, link. The coldest, in the mid 1970s, a period when some scientists and most of the press said the earth was heading toward global cooling if not a return of glaciation.
- Five of the ten warmest years since 1900 were before 1940!
- The warmest decade was the 1930s
- US temperatures have only risen 0.2 degrees F from 1940!
- 24 of the 50 US States had their highest ever recorded temperature in the 1930s. Five of the ten warmest years since 1900 were before 1940!