H. Leighton Steward

The Obama administration placed its crosshairs right on the coal industry by mandating a 30 percent cut in carbon emissions at fossil fuel-burning power plants by 2030. By attempting to force America to use the most expensive, unreliable energies, wind and solar, the Environmental Protection Agency will be fulfilling its goal of reducing fossil fuel use.

The Administration’s position on the ever-changing climate is based only on un-validated, man-made computer models that have yet to produce climate forecasts that are accurate for periods as short as a decade. The scientific test of the man-made climate change hypothesis cannot be done with un-validated, constantly failing computer models but only by comparing the hypothesis to real, empirical observations of current and past CO2 and temperature relationships. This time-honored test indicates that “CO2 is the major cause of climate change” is false.

Why won’t the Administration’s science advisors discuss this glaring lack of empirical evidence? It must be political self-preservation is at stake. Even academia and subsidy-dependent businesses have compromised themselves by receiving billions of dollars that get directed to alternative energies or to those trying to prove negative influences of CO2 on Earth’s climate. Also, there is the catastrophe-loving media that seems incapable of understanding the vast difference between real scientific observations and the output of un-validated computer models.

Let’s debunk some charges these “warmist groups” make:

    The rate and magnitude of recent warming is unprecedented. This is absolutely false. Peer reviewed studies, including the journal Climate Dynamics, recently concluded that average global temperatures stopped warming 15 years ago. Looking farther back, there have been many periods of rapid warming before man’s measurable release of CO2.

    The number and intensity of major hurricanes and tornadoes is rising. The 2013 Atlantic hurricane season was the first Atlantic hurricane season since 1994 to end with no known major hurricanes. Data published by Florida State University indicates global cyclonic intensity has been trending down for 20 years.

    Droughts and floods are more frequent and intense. Again false. According to 106 peer reviewed global drought and 47 global flood studies, this is not true.

H. Leighton Steward

H. Leighton Steward is a geologist, environmentalist and chairman of plantsneedco2.org.