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Western View: Is Global Warming Real?

Aria Wilcox Features, Western View

Global Warming
Is the terrifying picture of global warming a myth? There’s increasing evidence it isn’t quite what we’ve been led to believe, and more people are thinking that it may not be a problem after all.

Writing a blog post for Forbes Magazine, James Taylor, who is president of a right-wing political foundation, debunks some of the prime evidence used to support global warming. He says that new data from NASA satellites show that the Earth’s polar ice caps have not receded.

Taylor also indicates that the reference point for measuring the ice cap isn’t appropriate. Measuring began in 1979, when a 30 year earth cooling trend was reversing. The earth was beginning to heat up, as a part of an entirely natural cycle. Beginning in 2005, polar ice receded for several years and by 2012, polar sea ice had receded by about 10 percent from 1979 levels.

Considering the 1979 baseline was abnormally high anyway, that 10 per cent reduction doesn’t seem significant. But also, Taylor’s reference data shows that in late 2012, polar ice dramatically rebounded and quickly surpassed the post-1979 average. In May 2015, NASA says polar sea ice is approximately 5 percent above the post-1979 average.

Taylor’s opinion is that climate change is a myth, but his opinions may be suspect as he’s not a scientist and he has a political agenda. But there’s a new voice coming out with a strong condemnation of the science behind global warming. He’s a voice that academic-minded folks can’t ignore.

Canadian Michael Hart is professor emeritus at Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International affairs. He studied the politics of climate change for more than ten years, and wrote a book titled Hubris: The Troubling Science, Economics, and Politics of Climate Change.

In an interview, Hart said that he learned that people had succeeded in using the poorly understood science of climate change to advance an ambitious environmental agenda.

Hart points out that the global climate is one of the most complex, chaotic, non-linear natural systems we know, and it is in a constant state of flux. He says that the best evidence indicates that the warming at the end of the 20th century was well within historical and geologic experience.

So perhaps, there really is nothing to it.

I’m Len Wilcox and that’s the Western View from AgNet West.