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Climate Change and CA Misguided and Expensive Regulations (Part 1 of 2) :
We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis.- David Rockefeller
It has been well established that the hoopla over the threat of climate change is all drama and little fact. The famous hockey stick graph created by Dr. Michael Mann asserting the 20th century was the warmest in 1,000 years was debunked by Canadian scientists McIntyre and McKitrick , who found serious errors in Manns analysis. (This is the famous graph used by Al Gore and the U.N. science panel to support their claim of man-caused global warming.)
In 2009, Climategate exposed the fact that climate scientists at the
In an attempt to make October 2009 the hottest on record, scientists at NASAs Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) were caught using
September figures for
A 2007 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claimed 80 per cent of Himalayan glacier area would be gone by 2035. However, 2012 research done by scientists at the University of Colorado based on observations from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite shows that the world's greatest snow-capped peaks have lost no ice in the last decade and that polar ice is melting at a much lower rate than claimed.
Studies have now shown that clouds over the poles, rather than trapping greenhouse gases, actually cool, rather than heat, the stratosphere. [Paper published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics June 2012] A comparison of the ARGO-ERA Global Ocean Heat Content Model projections for January 2003-2011 with actual measurements shows that the actual mean trend was negligible compared to model projections.<
One of the fathers of
Increasingly, men of science are coming forward to go on the record as skeptical of climate change claims. In January, 16 noteworthy international scientists wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal stating:
The lack of warming for more than a decadeindeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projectionssuggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.
In April, fifty top astronauts, scientists and engineers at NASA signed a letter
stating: We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is
having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially
when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate
scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in
the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that
the science is NOT settled.
California, the legislature and Governor Schwarzeneggar embraced global warming as a dire threat and took action. It is now heavily embedded in CA regulation.
In 2006, California passed AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act to achieve a mandated goal of slashing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/05-06/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/ab_32_bill_20060927_chaptered.pdf This was followed by SB 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008: http://www.farmlandinfo.org/documents/34163/CA_SB_375.pdf then AB 857 on infrastructure planning: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/01-02/bill/asm/ab_0851-0900/ab_857_bill_20020829_enrolled.html This was followed by senate bill 391 on transportation blueprints: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/californiainterregionalblueprint/Documents/cib_progress_report/CIB_Prog_Rpt-EXEC-2010OCT06.pdf and then SB 732 - the Strategic Growth Council http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/07-08/bill/sen/sb_0701-0750/sb_732_bill_20080930_chaptered.pdf