25 Nov 08 - "Climate change skeptics on Capitol Hill are quietly
watching a growing accumulation of global cooling science and other
findings that could signal that the science behind global warming may
still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.
"Weather Channel co-founder Joseph D’Aleo and other scientists are
organizing lobbying efforts to take aim at the cap-and-trade bill that
Democrats plan to unveil in January.
"So far, members of Congress have not been keen to publicly back the
global cooling theory. But both senators from Oklahoma, Republicans Tom
Coburn and Jim Inhofe, have often expressed doubts about how much of a
role man-made emissions play.
"Armed with statistics from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Climate
Data Center, D’Aleo reported in the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac that
the U.S. annual mean temperature has fluctuated for decades and has only
risen 0.21 degrees since 1930 — which he says is caused by fluctuating
solar activity levels and ocean temperatures, not carbon emissions.
"Data from the same source shows that during five of the past seven
decades, including this one, average U.S. temperatures have gone
down. And the almanac predicted that the next year will see a period of
"More than 31,000 scientists across the world have signed the Global
Warming Petition Project, a declaration started by a group of American
scientists that states man’s impact on climate change can’t be
"Inhofe’s staff has been steadily compiling a list of global cooling
findings. And aides report that they have received countless e-mails
from scientists worldwide supporting the theory.
“Never underestimate the ability of Congress to
offer nonsolutions to problems that do not exist,” said Marc Morano,
communications director for the Republicans on the Senate Environment
and Public Works Committee. “We could spend weeks arguing the mounting
scientific evidence refuting man-made warming fears,” he added, “but
it’s the economic arguments that have the most immediate impact.”
"At the Cato Institute, senior fellow Patrick Michaels, a contributing
author of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
said most of Washington is already too deeply entrenched in the global
warming mantra to turn back.
"Despite the growing science, the world’s leading crusader on climate
change, Al Gore, is unconcerned.
“Climate deniers fall into the same camp as people who still don’t
believe we landed on the moon,” said the former vice president’s
spokeswoman, Kalee Kreider. “We don’t think this should distract us from
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Thanks to Clay Olson, Tom Weatherby and Marc Morano for this link