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Pres. Obama continues to deny overwhelming judgment and consensus of science that global temperatures haven’t risen since 1998, respected scientists even provide charts for non-scientists to view

June 3, 2013

President Obama says “scientific consensus” and “overwhelming judgment of science must determine US government decisions. On Wednesday, 5/29/13 he said, “we also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or 10 years ago.”…

That statement is completely untrue and denies scientific authorities. 7 scientific citations are posted below. Unfortunately, Pres. Obama chose a public venue to make an untrue statement on a topic that could cause millions if not billions of dollars to be removed from some people and given to others or at least cause plans to be made for the switch. The overwhelming scientific consensus says the planet completely stopped warming 15 to 17 years ago. Additionally, US CO2 has plunged during this time while global CO2 has increased. Following are two recent quotes from Mr. Obama about climate science followed by 7 scientific citations disputing his statements:

5/30/13, “Obama Doesn’t ‘Have Much Patience’ For Climate Change Deniers,” TPM, Tom Kludt

“President Barack Obama said Wednesday at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago that...he doesn’t have “much patience” for those who refuse to accept the scientific consensus on climate change. Obama warned donors that the climate is warming at an accelerated rate, and that while the dangers may not be readily apparent, they are still severe.

“But the flipside is we also know that the climate is warming faster than anybody anticipated five or 10 years ago.”…

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1/21/13, “Obama affirms the ‘overwhelming judgement of science’, nbcnews.com

“President Obama championed not only the cause to combat climate change, but the validity of science itself.”…

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Following are 7 citations from respected world scientists affirming global warming has paused for a number of years. Estimates range from 10 to 17 years. Charts from UK Met office (Der Spiegel) and University of Reading UK (The Economist) are included:

2/22/13, UN IPCC chief Pachauri says there’s been no warming for 17 yrs., The Australian

1/18/13, NASA says no warming for 15 yrs., Der Spiegel

1/18/13, UK Met Office says no warming since 1998, Der Spiegel (chart below, Met Office)

1/18/13,  Met Office sees no warming in sight until at least the end of 2017: “The British Met Office forecast even more recently that the temperature interval could continue at a high level until the end of 2017 – despite the rapidly increasing emissions of greenhouse gases. Then global warming would pause 20 years.”Der Spiegel

12/11/12, 134 scientists in letter to UN Sec. Gen., ask him to stop alarmist speech in light of 16 yrs. with no global warming, includes NOAA citation:

The NOAA “State of the Climate in 2008” report asserted that 15 years or more without any statistically-significant warming would indicate a discrepancy between observation and prediction. Sixteen years without warming have therefore now proven that the models are wrong by their creators’ own criterion.”…(2nd parag. fr. end of letter). Global warming that has not occurred cannot have caused the extreme weather of the past few years.”…

3/30/13, NASA, James Hansen, “5 year mean global temperature has been flat for a decade”, (The Economist)

5/26/13, Lord Stern says “global warming ‘fairly flat’ for 10 years, UK Telegraph

3/30/13, Ed Hawkins, University of Reading, UK,Temperatures since 2005 are already at the low end of the range of projections derived from 20 climate models. (see chart 1). If they remain flat, they will fall outside the models’ range within a few years.” The Economist, Chart showing no warming since 1998:

 

 

Chart, Univ. of Reading from The Economist

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Sources:

2/21/13, IPCC Head Pachauri Acknowledges Global Warming Standstill,” The Australian, Graham Lloyd

1/18/13, “Climate change: scientists puzzle over halt in global warming,” Der Spiegel, by Axel Bojanowski (translation from German). Chart by UK Met Office, via Der Spiegel

 
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3/30/13, A Sensitive Matter,” The Economist
 
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Whether CO2 is a factor or not, US CO2 has dropped over 20 years to the point experts predicted US climate policy would change to reflect the new reality.  US “power companies plan to retire 175 coal-fired plants over the next five years. That could bring coal’s CO2 emissions down to 1980 levels.”…

8/16/12, “AP IMPACT:CO2 emissions in US drop to 20-year low,” AP, Kevin Begos

In a surprising turnaround, the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the U.S. has fallen dramatically to its lowest level in 20 years and government officials say the biggest reason is that cheap and plentiful natural gas has led many power plant operators to switch from dirtier-burning coal.

Many of the world’s leading climate scientists didn’t see the drop coming in large part because it happened as a result of market forces rather than direct government action against carbon dioxide….

In a little-noticed technical report, the U.S. Energy Information Agency, a part of the Energy Department, said this month that energy related U.S. CO2 emissions for the first four months of this year fell to about 1992 levels. Energy emissions make up about 98 percent of the total. The Associated Press contacted environmental experts, scientists and utility companies and learned that virtually everyone believes the shift could have major long-term implications for U.S. energy policy.

While conservation efforts, the lagging economy and greater use of renewable energy are factors in the CO2 decline, the drop-off is due mainly to low-priced natural gas, the agency said….

Coal and energy use are still growing rapidly in other countries, particularly China, and CO2 levels globally are rising, not falling….

How much further the shift from coal to natural gas can go is unclear. Bentek says thatHow much further the shift from coal to natural gas can go is unclear. Bentek says that power companies plan to retire 175 coal-fired plants over the next five years. That could bring coal’s CO2 emissions down to 1980 levels.”…

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Yale 360 authors credit decades of US government spending for US CO2 reductions:

4/21/12, Why [CO2] Emissions Are Declining in the U.S. But Not in Europe,” by Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus, newgeography.com
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As we note below in a new article for Yale360, a funny thing happened: U.S. emissions started going down in 2005 and are expected to decline further over the next decade….

Why? The reason is obvious: the U.S. is benefitting from the 30-year, government-funded technological revolution that massively increased the supply of unconventional natural gas, making it cheap even when compared to coal.”…

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News of US CO2 plunge has been described as:

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1/15/11, In 2011 alone the US government allocated “$10.6 million (taxpayer dollars) a day to study, combat, and educate about climate change.”…

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Comment: Science says unequivocally the world isn’t warming, that US CO2 has dropped drastically and is heading lower. Whether US CO2 or any CO2 effects global temperature, science says it has stopped doing so. In any case the US isn’t driving high global CO2 levels. Civilized people take care of their environment. Normal care of the environment shouldn’t be confused with the CO2 terror industry. As it happens, Global Warming ‘action’ was mandated and institutionalized in US government in 1990 in the “U.S. Global Change Research Act of 1990.CO2 reduction is mentioned near the end in Sec. 204, item 4. This massive mandate has continued to this day across 13 federal agencies. For decades US taxpayers have been forced to pay billions for climate endeavors in the US and around the world. New climate regulations are added every year which take billions more out of the economy. The US is in a long term economic depression with no end in sight. Our environment could be getting better care than it’s getting now because fortunes are being diverted to non-existent global warming CO2 terror.

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