Climate Skeptic Papers

by John McClaughry

We’ve all heard ad nauseum that 97% of a carefully selected group of scientists agree with Bill McKibben, Al Gore and VPIRG that the planet is racing toward heat death because of carbon dioxide emissions, and to deny that is to deny science.

The website No Tricks Zone set out to see how many peer reviewed scientific papers they could find, published in 2016, disputing one or more claims made by the anthropogenic global warmers idolized by the McKibbens, Gores and VPIRGs of the world.

Guess what? They found over five hundred “supporting a skeptical position on anthropogenic climate change alarm.”

132 papers indicated that solar activity plays a significant role in weather and climate activity. Ninety  link other natural factors like ocean current shifts, cloud formation, and volcanic activity to climate changes. Eleven papers specifically indicated at worst humans have a weak influence on climate, while 17 papers indicate current climate changes likely reflect natural variability.

Concerning the potential effects of climate change, 34 papers show no effect of increasing carbon dioxide on sea level rise, 15 argue that recent warming has led to less extreme, more stable weather patterns, three papers demonstrate there has been no increase in the intensity or frequency of hurricanes and seven find there has not been any increase in intensity or frequency of floods.

Clearly the science of climate change is highly unsettled. Somebody needs to tell McKibben, Gore and VPIRG .

– John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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