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The rush to impose Draconian, costly regulations to fight global warming is based on allegedly “settled science” showing manmade greenhouse gases increase temperatures. This belief system’s high priests at the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have issued successive reports trumpeting the danger, concluding that we must act immediately.
But the science never was settled. There have been increasing contrary findings, and revelations that warming zealots may have rigged the data, suppressed dissenting views and committed grand blunders to advance their agenda.
In 1997 the U.S. Senate rejected 95-0 the Kyoto Protocol treaty’s drastic emission mandates. Senators objected to its economic harm for the U.S. and disproportionate benefit for countries like India. In December, 193 nations at Copenhagen’s climate summit refused to adopt even more strident mandates.
In India last week, something happened potentially more significant than Kyoto’s rejection and Copenhagen’s cold shoulder. The U.K. Telegraph reported: “The Indian government has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it ‘cannot rely’ on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own leading scientist, Dr. R.K Pachauri.”
The Indian government’s snub followed several revelations, including disclosure that the IPCC’s most “recent climate change report included false claims that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt away by 2035,” the paper reported. That claim was traced to a popular magazine article based on “speculation,” not peer-reviewed studies. Even so, 2035 was incorrectly copied from the date used, 2350.
This U.N. political panel summarizes thousands of scientists’ studies, prompting some to complain they were misrepresented or ignored. Recent leaked e-mails from a U.K. climate center also point to suppression and cherry-picking of data to build a hyped case for global warming.
New problems with IPCC reports surface almost daily. Last week, outraged Dutch said the U.N. panel incorrectly portrayed 55 percent of that nation, which is below sea level, at risk from rising seas. Only 20 percent is. The Dutch environment minister said she will no longer tolerate climate researchers’ errors.
Here’s the significance: From now on, the global warming agenda’s scientific arguments, not just economic and political arguments, are being openly challenged, even by nations. In the U.S., several legal challenges are pending to the federal government’s proposed emission caps. Legal attacks to the sufficiency of the underlying science should get a major boost from mounting revelations of slipshod research, and challenges raised by nations like India and the Netherlands.