“Where it gets completely wild is when you consider what kinds of things we can do to reduce carbon emissions,” Running said. “The technology doesn’t exist to do that now, without reducing our lifestyles to primitive levels.”
The Running in the above quote is University of Montana forestry professor Steve Running, who shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He is heading up a new University of Montana degree program on Climate Change Studies. I believe Running is correct in his conclusion. If releasing Carbon Dioxide, CO2, into the atmosphere in the exhaust from the burning of fossil fuels is driving an irreversible global climate change that will destroy our way of life, we have no viable solution available. The only answer would be to return the Tarzan and Jane in the jungle. That is why the debate about the effect of CO2 on climate is so vitally important.
I also know with absolute confidence that the effect on climate from the CO2 in the exhaust from burning fossil fuels is having only a tiny, insignificant impact on climate. Therefore, we do not have any valid reason to reduce our lifestyles to the primitive level, as he professor suggests we might have to.
There is not a shadow of doubt, I conclude, that the IPCC hypothesis about radiative forcing as CO2 interacts with water vapor leading to a huge magnification of greenhouse effect from CO2 has been proven wrong. They never did have any real scientific prove of the theory, only computer models full of assumptions and a vote of the members of the group who all had a vested interest in the theory. The model projections, regardless of how they were structured, have failed to verify anyway. So there is no doubt about it, the carbon footprint, global warming mania is dead wrong.
But my absolute confidence in this matter makes little difference. I am simply an old meteorologist and don’t have any real influence on policy. So the University of Montana will have its new degree program and students will learn the litany of global warming as presented by Al Gore and UN IPCC. And, that is simply the smallest problem. Because the Supreme Court as endorsed the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to declare CO2 as a pollutant because it leads to global warming, the US congress is on the verge of passing Cap and Trade and the UN is about to come up with the Copenhagen Accord that will create a global government and tax the CO2 producing nations to pay for it.
This three fronted acceptance of CO2 as the global warming culprit and implementation of penalties for the burning of fossil fuel will cost us our way of life and our freedom. There are thousands of scientists and our supporters working to stop the Al Gore Global Warming, but we are totally outgunned by power and money. There is absolutely no significant money on our side, and in the end, I fear that is deciding factor.
That does not mean that I surrender. Never