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Author:  Bob Webster
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Date:  April 16, 2007
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More Inconvenient Science on Global Warming
Al Gore's Hypothesis Debunked

Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth and his hypothesis about anthropogenic CO2 take a real beating from an examination of climate change history. The belief that humans burning fossil fuels create additional CO2 that is significantly warming the planet with disasterous consequences is completely debunked by real scientific analysis of climate change data and the role that CO2 and other greenhouse gases actually play in climate change.

Those who have watched and believed An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s film touting the hypothesis that anthropogenic CO2 is causing climate change, are probably of the following two opinions:

A few inconvenient scientific facts about Gore’s hypothesis:

  • CO2 and the greenhouse effect as a climate change force.

    Scientific data have historically demonstrated the weak role atmospheric CO2 plays in the greenhouse effect, as well as the weak role of the greenhouse effect in climate change. Al Gore believes the politically-inspired summary reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a UN-created political group composed of a few subject-matter experts in the field of climatology together with other scientists in fields affected by climate change plus a host of politically-motivated panelists. That was Gore’s first mistake. His second was believing he was a climatologist.

    What follows are the inconvenient facts about greenhouse warming and CO2 that Al Gore evidently failed to consider:

  • Gore’s misunderstanding of the 600,000-year record of climate change and changes in atmospheric CO2.

    Claiming in his film that it is too “complicated”, Gore fails to understand the correlation between atmospheric CO2 concentration and climate change over a 600,000-year ice core record. Gore presents a large chart that appears to show atmospheric CO2 and global temperature moving in lockstep together over that long time period. Trouble is, when the data were examined in detail, the change in atmospheric concentration of CO2 lags temperature change by about 800 years! Oops!

    In mathematics, one of the first things taught about testing a theory is that if you can find a single contradictory example, the theory fails. In the case of the CO2-temperature link, the theory that CO2 produces climate (temperature) change fails over a 600,000 year record! (To disprove the Gore claim, it need fail over only a short span of that record.)

    Further pursuit of the soundness of a theory requires that, if there are no contradictory examples, then in order for a theory to be accepted, it needs to be explained. Gore offers the explanation that temperature changes in response to CO2 concentration because of the greenhouse effect (which demonstrates how little he understands of the greenhouse effect), but he offers no explanation for why the CO2 would increase and decrease so dramatically in the first place! His current explanation (the "Industrial Age") is hardly applicable over the 600,000-year record he cites.

    However, the opposing theory (confirmed by the data record) that CO2 responds to changes in temperature (climate) can be readily explained over that period, as can the reason why the temperature changes in the first place!

    Here is the climate change record and the climate change science:

So, in the one case, we have a rational, cogent, scientifically rigorous explanation for the climate-CO2 link that demonstrates changes in atmospheric CO2 are the result of climate change, and not the cause of it.

In the other case, we have a politician with no training in the sciences of climate, paleoclimatology, or climate change, who can offer no explanation for clear scientific data that flies in the face of his theory that atmospheric CO2 causes climate change.

Which would you believe?

Given this evidence, are you still prepared to believe the Al Gore theory of climate change?

Bob Webster
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Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.

A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.

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