Scientists: White House Climate Report ‘Pseudoscience’ to ‘Provide Cover’Posted: May 6, 2014 Filed under: Global, Politics, Science & Technology, U.S. News, White House | Tags: Cato Institute, Celsius, climate change religion, Climate sensitivity, Faith, Global warming, Knappenberger, Mass Delusion, NCA, Patrick Michaels, Pseudoscience, United Nations 2 Comments
“History tells us that when scientists willingly endorse sweeping governmental agendas fueled by dodgy science, bad things soon happen.”
— Michaels and Knappenberger of the Cato Institute in their comments submitted to the Obama administration
For The Daily Caller, Michael Bastasch writes:
Climate scientists have said the White House’s National Climate Assessment (NCA) resembles pseudoscience more than actual science.
The National Climate Data Center released its third NCA on Tuesday, which warns of an ever-worsening environment and extreme temperature rises due to man-made carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels. But it has been panned in some quarters.
“This National Assessment is much closer to pseudoscience than it is to science,” wrote scientists Patrick Michaels and Paul Knappenberger of the libertarian Cato Institute in their comments submitted to the Obama administration.
“It clearly believes that virtually everything in our society is tremendously dependent on the surface temperature, and, because of that, we are headed towards certain and inescapable destruction, unless we take its advice and decarbonize our economy, pronto,” Michaels and Knappenberger added…
“It is to provide cover for a massive regulatory intrusion, and concomitant enormous costs in resources and individual liberty,” Michaels and Knappenberger wrote. “History tells us that when scientists willingly endorse sweeping governmental agendas fueled by dodgy science, bad things soon happen.”
Michaels’ and Knappenberger’s 75-page critique of the NCA points out the many weak points and flaws present in the government’s analysis of the impact of global warming. For example, the NCA relies on not only peer-reviewed scientific literature, but also non-peer reviewed work from environmental activist groups — which the government did not disclose…
Michaels and Knappenberger also pointed out that the measure of climate sensitivity used by the report is 40 percent higher than what more recent scientific literature points to. Climate sensitivity is the measure of how much warming would occur if carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere were doubled. The current literature puts that number at about 1.5 degrees Celsius, but the government used estimates from the United Nations’ 2007 climate report putting climate sensitivity at 2 degrees Celsius to 3.3 degrees Celsius…(read more)
- What the National Climate Assessment Doesn’t Tell You (cato.org)
- Climatologists: ‘What the National Climate Assessment Doesn’t Tell You’ (climatedepot.com)
- [Watch] Obama’s Last Shot – Climate Change – And Why It’s Doomed To Fail (gopthedailydose.com)
- Report: Global Warming Could Be A Boon For Public Health (dailycaller.com)
- Climate Change: We TOLd You So. (cato.org)
- EDITORIAL: A climate milestone (washingtontimes.com)
- Obama’s War on Coal (freebeacon.com)
- Latest News on the Climate Change Collapse (powerlineblog.com)
- US, UK scientists: Cutting all CO2 emissions would not stop global warming (dailycaller.com)
- UN says the world needs cap-and-trade, carbon taxes (dailycaller.com)
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