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Author:  Bob Webster
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Date:  April 30, 2007
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British Petroleum (BP) Wrong on Climate Change

"Politically correct" BP grossly misrepresents the real (and natural) basis for climate change, aka, global warming.

A recent visit to the British Petroleum (BP, http://www.bp.com) website revealed a statement about climate change that is either based on ignorance or designed to be "politically correct" rather than true. This prompted my response to BP via their online contact form for environmental issues dealing with climate change:

Significantly, BP fails to acknowledge the clear scientific evidence that tells us humans have no capacity to change climate. Such evidence is available in the paleoclimate record of climate change over the past 500 million years (roughly 10% of Earth's existence). Since the historic climate record clearly shows that atmospheric CO2 is insignificant as a climate change force, perhaps it is time to stop wasting money and energy on false theories about global climate change due to CO2 emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels.

Across the paleoclimate record, solar activity closely matches global climate variations. Despite BP's inability to deal with the obvious, which would you suppose is more important to climate change, solar activity or atmospheric CO2?

A few other inconvenient facts BP fails to acknowledge:

  • No significant climate warming over the past 65 years.
  • Warming of the late 1990s:
  • Since CO2 changes lag global temperature changes by 200-800 years, rising levels of atmospheric CO2 during the past 100 years could well be a response to ocean warming at end of Little Ice Age or during the Medieval Warm Period. In any event, the 100-year record of atmospheric CO2 and global temperature are highly uncorrelated, thus proving no "cause and effect" relationship over that period.
The scientific record is clear. There is no evidence human activity has any significant effect on global climate. Yet politicians and some government scientists continue to claim humans are changing the climate and that a warmer climate would be disasterous.

Yet, which would you prefer, a warmer climate or a colder one?

Finally, consider this question:  If we suddenly realized that a new ice age was beginning, what could humans do to prevent it?

The answer is clear and obvious. Nothing.

When they continue to claim human activity of any kind could have a significant impact on global climate, BP, Mr. Gore, and the IPCC are seriously misleading the public -- and if they actually believe their discredited theories, they are seriously kidding themselves.

Bob Webster
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References:

  1. The New Math on Global Warming - Dennis Avery
  2. The Geologic Record and Climate Change - Dr. Tim Patterson
  3. Why So Gloomy? Global Warming Fears Overblown - Dr. Richard S. Lindzen
  4. The Great Global Warming Swindle - Dr. S. Fred Singer
  5. A Dangerous Climate - Dr. Bob Carter
  6. There IS a problem with global warming ... it stopped in 1998 - Dr. Bob Carter
  7. The Great Global Warming Swindle - Channel 4 (U.K.)
  8. The Infamous "Hockey Stick" Curve and Other Inconvenient Truths - Bob Webster
  9. Global Warming, Myth or Reality?, Dr. Marcel Leroux, Springer-Praxis Books, 2005.
  10. The Chilling Stars - A New Theory of Climate Change, Dr. Henrik Svensmark, Dr. Nigel Calder, Icon Books, 2007.
  11. Unstoppable Global Warming - Every 1,500 Years, Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dennis T. Avery, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
  12. Shattered Consensus - The True State of Global Warming, Edited by Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, a collection of articles by eleven authors, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2005.
  13. The Satanic Gases - Clearing the Air about Global Warming, Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, Dr. Robert C. Balling, Jr., Cato Institute, 2000.
  14. Meltdown - The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media, Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, Cato Institute, 2005.

Biography - Bob Webster

Bob Webster, a descendant of Daniel Webster's father and early American patriot, Ebenezer Webster, 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 every high school student so they can understand the dangers 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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