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Steve Hansen

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 5:51 am, Tue Jan 10, 2012.

Occasionally, I check American mainstream newspapers for stories on climate change. I sometimes find reports from those who have more dire predictions about the devastating consequences of global warming.

Most politicians seem to be on board with this concept. They and their administrative agencies keep giving us more and more environmental regulations. Unfortunately, this is costing average folks plenty. It also is causing well-paying jobs to migrate for friendlier business "climates" elsewhere.

Global warming predictions have been going on for years. Perhaps now is the time to look at some of these views of the future just to see how accurate they've been so far:

Prediction: There will be a major increase in Atlantic hurricane activity in the beginning of the 21st century.

Result: Researchers at Florida State University concluded that 2007 and 2008 brought the least amount of Atlantic storms in 30 years. Pacific hurricanes hit record lows in 2010. Predictions of "above-average" 2011 mainland activity did not materialize.

Prediction: Sea levels will be rising.

Result: Nils-Axel Morner, Swedish geologist, physicist and expert on global sea levels, is quoted in The Telegraph as saying: "The sea is not rising. It hasn't risen in 50 years."

Prediction: The Earth is gradually warming. This will cause snowstorms to disappear.

Result: So far, it's not happening. The northeast just had one of the largest and earliest snowstorms on record for October. Dr. Roy Spencer from the University of Alabama states that the Earth's temperature has dropped 0.74 degrees F since 2006. National Observatory's lead researcher Frank Hill has co-authored a report with Dr. Richard Altrock from the Air Force Research Laboratory. Both concluded that sunspot activity by 2020 could lead to cooler temperatures, not warmer.

Prediction: The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has predicted that the Himalayan glaciers could disappear by 2035.

Result: Jeffery Kargel, glacier expert at the University of Arizona, revealed that it is physically impossible to kill the ice that quickly. Also, as reported in the U.K. Telegraph, Dr. Bodo Bookhagen has studied 286 glaciers in various parts of the world, and, "Our study shows there is no uniform response of Himalayan glaciers to climate change ..."

Prediction: The North Pole will be free of ice by 2013.

Result: According to the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center in Colorado, as sourced in Britain's second-largest national newspaper, the Daily Mail, Arctic summer sea ice has increased by 409,000 square miles, or 26 percent, since 2007.

Prediction: Increased "greenhouse" gases will cause changes in the Earth's temperature.

Result: David Evans, consultant to the Australian Greenhouse Office, wrote a piece for his country's leading national newspaper, The Australian, stating: "There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming. None."

"Weather balloons released into the atmosphere ... show no hot spot, whatsoever."

"Computer models and theoretical calculations are not evidence. They are just theory."

So who's right and who's wrong in this never-ending debate? Why is much of the U.S. mainstream media ignoring these important stories? Is the whole global warming concept a massive fraud to direct billions of taxpayer dollars to "green" research and questionable business projects for friends of elected officials? Is it a scheme for worldwide redistribution of wealth? Or is there really indisputable evidence to show that man has the power to control the Earth's temperature and weather patterns?

I don't know, but I plan to continue checking for future stories. As I do this I'll keep an open mind, along with a healthy degree of scientific skepticism.

I just hope, for the sake of us all, that our politicians will do the same.

Steve Hansen is a Lodi writer.

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  • Patrick W Maple posted at 1:38 pm on Wed, Jan 11, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Nice job Bob...simple and to the point...I agree...these people need to cut the posts off their beds so the boogie monsters can't get under there. Problem solved! Of course...there is the problem of that one in the closet...

  • Bob Kempf posted at 6:38 pm on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    Bob Kempf Posts: 41

    Well we all have been in the "war" on something for my whole life. In the 60's and 70's the Soviets were going to get us. Sometime in the 70's the earth was cooling and we were headed for an ice age. The 80's was the ozone and we all were going to die of cancer in a short time. The 90's it's global warming and we'll all be flooded and cooked in a short time.

    Gore was so worried about the problem till we all found out about the way he uses energy....He's out of the picture now. If you are not on board with global warming you lose all your funding if you are a higher education institute.

    My point is this. It's easier to preach gloom and doom, than it is, everything is fine. And we need a public enemy, i.e. 60's, 70's, 80's an 90's. The earth had a lot of global warming since the last ice age, which I'm am glad for. The temp on the earth is always changing....It's a fluid thing, nothing on the planet stays the same. No we shouldn't trash the planet, but to say we all are going to end by such and such date is nuts too. Or may be we should look at the Mayan calender and we won't see next year anyway.

    God bless


  • Patrick W Maple posted at 4:17 pm on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    The Native Americans were able to predict the weather many years in advance without the use of scientific weather equipment. When you live with the land and not on it you learn a lot. Simply put, the earth is a tea-pot...the hotter it is the more water that evaporates...more evaporated water moves over the lands and cools...voile!!! Rain. Rain cools the land and air regardless of the morons who live on it...like AG, BO, NP, BB, DF, DK, HR and the other sky-is-falling scientific Boo Boos.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:49 am on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995
    By Jonathan Petre

    Last updated at 5:12 PM on 14th February 2010

    Professor Jones has been in the spotlight since he stepped down as director of the University of East Anglia’s Climatic Research Unit after the leaking of emails that sceptics claim show scientists were manipulating data.
    The raw data, collected from hundreds of weather stations around the world and analysed by his unit, has been used for years to bolster efforts by the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to press governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz1j5BoA2UP

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz1j5BbhLao

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1250872/Climategate-U-turn-Astonishment-scientist-centre-global-warming-email-row-admits-data-organised.html#ixzz1j5B8pLVL

  • John Poteet posted at 10:20 am on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    John Poteet Posts: 1

    Well, a stopped clock is right twice a day but otherwise useless. That's the strength of Steve Hansen's cherry -picked opinion on Climate Change. Climate science, like medicine, is done using peer-reviewed journals. Solid evidence in science is referred to by quoting a journal article; not "some guy."

    If you want to see accurate references to journal articles you might check out http://www.climate.gov/#climateWatch. You might refer to Scientific American…http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=seven-answers-to-climate-contrarian-nonsense.

    But just like if you had a heart attack or if your two year old had nibbled a mushroom; you don't take the hearsay of "some guy in Lodi" as a valid path to treatment. You go to the best. Look for yourself.

  • Patrick W Maple posted at 10:06 am on Tue, Jan 10, 2012.

    Pat Maple Posts: 1805

    Steve: Good article...10 years ago these same people were predicting a mini ice-age. Hmmmm...would 20 feet of snow in several days in Alaska be a preview...maybe they should have ramped up ;their solar panels. Of course the wind generators would also need to be unleashed. Are their predictions known as junk science...you know garbage in equals garbage out? Let's ask the British institute of sciece about their cooked science (like cooked books) and see if they can fudge the numbers enough to make up a good answer. Ozone anyone?


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