We’ve got more global-warming scaremongering out today.
It has been 2,000 years and possibly much longer since Earth has run such a fever.
The National Academy of Sciences, reaching that conclusion in a broad review of scientific work requested by Congress, reported Thursday that the “recent warmth is unprecedented for at least the last 400 years and potentially the last several millennia.”
“Several millennia” I suppose means 3,000 years. Maybe 4,000. I thought Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt on foot — apparently they were driving SUVs. Seriously, the only way these claims of mainly human-induced global warming are true is if we are at our hottest ever.
*UPDATE* Welcome to all our readers from Al Gore’s blog! That should explain some of the comments.
Let me make a few points:
- The Earth is not the hottest it has ever been — nor is it likely to reach that point in this century.
- Even if we instituted the economy-crippling measures necessary to meet the Kyoto protocols tomorrow, we would only slow global warming by less than 1 degree Celsius.
- If the vast majority of global warming was a result of factors completely outside human control (read: the Sun), then would scientists be getting billions of dollars annually to figure out how to stop it?
Get back to me when one of your climate models can accurately replicate the past thirty years. Then I might consider what you have to say about the next 30.
*UPDATE 2* For those of you who are interested in taking the debate further, might I suggest these two subsequent posts: First, global warming is helping save the whales — which will you choose? Helping the whales or driving a Prius? Second, one of those underqualified MIT professors writes that there is no consensus on human-driven global warming alarmism.