Cap and Trade legislation is based on flawed science… these are the facts.
It is loudly claimed today that “scientists” agree that human activities, especially the use of hydrocarbon fuels and other carbon based activities (including life itself), are leading to a climate catastrophe.
This does not include the more than 31,000 American scientists and engineers who signed a mail petition to Congress rejecting this failed hypothesis (see Global Warming Petition Project
It also does not include more than 90% of other American scientists – who stay out of this controversy to protect their professional scientific work from political attacks.
It does include a small number of “scientists,” most of whom have been given large financial and professional rewards – money grants and popular attention – in exchange for their political positions in favor of the myth of “impending catastrophic climate change.”
Carbon dioxide from hydrocarbon use – is increasing in the atmosphere. It will continue to increase so long as the rate of emissions from human activity exceeds the rate of removal – the half-time for removal being seven years – an experimental fact often misrepresented. There is no “existential climate environmental crisis.”
- Plants grow faster and are more numerous as atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, which also increases the amount of animal life. From North American forests to Amazon forests, growth has accelerated. All life is carbon based. The more carbon, the more life.
- Sea level has increased at a rate of 7 inches per century – alternating in a range between 0 to 12 inches – as the Earth recovers from the Little Ice Age. This was the rate of rise during the century before significant hydrocarbon use during 1800 to 1900, and it was that same 7 inch rate during 1900 to 2000, during increased hydrocarbon use.
- U.S. rainfall is increasing at 1.8 inches per century.
- Number of U.S. tornados has decreased by 40% in the past 50 years.
- There has been no increase in number of Atlantic hurricanes in the past century.
- There has been no increase in violent hurricanes or their wind speeds in past 50 years.
- Standing timber in U.S. forests has increased by 40% in past 50 years.
- The existence of the Medieval Climate Optimum in 800 to 1300 A.D. with higher Earth temperatures than today is confirmed by 88 scientific studies and rejected by 2.
- The existence of the Little Ice Age in 1300 to 1900 A.D. is confirmed in 105 scientific studies and rejected by 2.
- The claim that the 20th Century was the warmest century on record has been rejected by 64 scientific studies and confirmed by 7.
- Carbon dioxide is a very weak greenhouse gas. The flawed climate computer models assume that a very small increase in temperature from carbon dioxide causes the evaporation of more water, which is a strong greenhouse gas. This is assumed to lead to an additional increase in temperature; this cycle repeats; and the temperature spirals upward. Yet there have been several historical temperature increases much greater than could be caused by carbon dioxide, and no such temperature upward spiral occurred. This demonstrates that the computer models are wrong.
- The computer models have also predicted temperature increases far greater than have occurred.
- The observed correlation between atmospheric carbon dioxide pressure and Earth temperature in the geological record is predicted with exact quantitative accuracy by laboratory thermodynamic experiments. This is the same phenomenon observed when carbon dioxide pressure increases with temperature in a warmed soft drink. Temperature increase caused a geologic carbon dioxide increase – not the opposite. And, temperature decrease caused a geologic carbon dioxide decrease.
The climate is always changing. The geological record shows that Earth’s climate has been relatively stable for the past several thousand years and is currently unusually benign. The colder periods during the past 3,000 years caused a great amount of suffering because, during most of that time, human civilization lacked technology and was based upon relatively primitive agriculture.
Cold periods will come again. When they do, modern technology can mitigate the effects, if there is a very plentiful supply of extra energy. Unwarranted and unwise suppression of hydrocarbon energy and nuclear-electric energy that leaves humanity without plentiful energy when natural changes in climate occur is the now a significant danger.