In questions of science, the authority of a thousand
is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

–Galileo Galilei

Climate change talk is nothing but hot air

cartoonAs a retired chief meteorologist — 35 years with the Travelers Research Center and Weather Service — I have some issues with “We should no longer be turning a cold shoulder toward climate change,” the Jan. 13 column by Ann McFeatters.

The term “global warming” arose in the 1980s based on the idea that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere caused temperatures to rise.

Temperatures did rise from 1978 to 1998 but then stopped in spite of predictions of that they would continue to rise.

Unwilling to admit that they were wrong, “global warming” alarmists muddied the issue and transformed the worry into “climate change,” which is much harder to define and can refer to any kind of weather event.

A few climate models were developed during the warming cycle of 1978-1998 but they also failed to predict the cessation of warming since 1998 — 16 years.

Not wanting to lose their federal funding, which has been reported as $8.8 billion in 2010 and rising yearly — and having no data to back them up — the alarmists shout “climate change” at every weather event.

If it is warm, it’s climate change.

If it is cold, it’s climate change too.

If it is dry — climate change.

If it is wet — climate change.

If there are hurricanes — climate change.

And if there are few hurricanes, it’s climate change again.

There is no end to the silly claims.

But as Richard Feynman said: “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is and it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong.”

I was 8 years old in 1938 when Connecticut was hit with the worst hurricane in its history, “the Great New England Hurricane,” which killed more than 600 people.

There was no talk about climate change then.

Ditto for the Blizzard of 1888.

History is replete with all kinds of severe weather, with everything from ice ages to warm periods. In the medieval warm period the Vikings farmed parts of Greenland, and in the “little ice age” in the 1700s ice fairs were held on the Thames River in England. Climate is a long-term thing and to call our day-to-day changes “climate change” is ridiculous.

I challenge the claim that 90 percent of scientists believe in manmade global warming. Thirty-two thousand scientists signed a petition rejecting the theory of manmade warming (which has never been proven) and rejecting the Kyoto Protocol.

A large group of scientists has written a report “Climate Change Reconsidered” based on 500 peer-reviewed articles: It can be viewed at

Incidentally, depletion of the ozone layer mentioned by McFeatters has nothing to do with global warming and stopped years ago when chloroflurorcarbons were banned.

The theory of manmade global warming and climate change is not true, especially the outlandish warnings about rising seas and melting ice. Seas are rising at only 2 millimeters per year and the Antarctica ice cap, which holds 92 percent of the world’s ice, is getting thicker. Temperatures have not risen in 16 years.


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#1 Charles 2014-01-17 16:18
All you say is correct with the exception of the ozone deletion. There are still holes forming at the poles, and in 2007 the hole over the Antarctic reached record size. In 2011 there were holes in the ozone layer over both poles (first time ever, although they have only been monitored for 30-40 years.

So, the upshot is, it is highly unlikely that chlorofluorocarbons have anything to do with the ozone depletion and it is much more likely that it is attributed to natural factors dominated by cold temperatures, and that the Montreal Protocol is a singular failure like most of these efforts by scientists to buy into these natural events for their own interests
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#2 prestigio 2014-01-17 19:44
ozone depletion occurs
where and when
ozone isn't being formed

ozone is unstable and
reverts to molecular oxygen

ozone is formed by
electromagnetic radiation of
molecular oxygen

during the polar winters
no radiation is impacting
the upper atmosphere


ozone deletes naturally in the
polar atmosphere during
the polar winters

and replenishes during the
polar summers

finis mysterium
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#3 prestigio 2014-01-17 19:47

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ozone depletes
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#4 Amber 2014-01-18 00:25
OK ..We all agree now the climate changes .A kindergarten education may be required to figure that out but that is about the level the scary global warming scam is targeted at .

The main hype and spin about global warming took place in 2008-2010 approx yet the people who apparantly claim to know the earths temperature wasn't warming and hadn't since
1998, kept this from the general public.

Mean while governments were in a full court press to impose carbon taxes and other BS
on the public who were purposly being kept in the dark and lied to by the appointed high priests of the global warming industry .

Fortunes were made and tax payers fleeced .

Did the purpetrators of the scam have access to the fact that scary global warming was in fact not happening while they contiued the big lie ? You would have to be in kindergarten to not figure that one out .(no disrespect to those in pre kindergarten intended).

What if the climate didn't change wooly mammoths ... now that would be a shame and a whole lot less to scam people with .

How many would pick Antractica over Hawaii?

OK penguins .
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