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Monday, February 5th 2007

Quacks On Global Warming

The media giving print inches to scientists who don’t think greenhouse gases can completely account for the rise in earth’s temperatures?! Blaspheme!

“Solar activity can explain a large part of the 20th-century global warming,” [Dr. Nir Shariv] states, particularly because of the evidence that has been accumulating over the past decade of the strong relationship that cosmic- ray flux has on our atmosphere. So much evidence has by now been amassed, in fact, that “it is unlikely that [the solar climate link] does not exist.”

The sun’s strong role indicates that greenhouse gases can’t have much of an influence on the climate — that C02 et al. don’t dominate through some kind of leveraging effect that makes them especially potent drivers of climate change. The upshot of the Earth not being unduly sensitive to greenhouse gases is that neither increases nor cutbacks in future C02 emissions will matter much in terms of the climate.

You can read Dr. Shaviv’s (although the article calls him Shariv) curriculum vitae or view his take on global warming in his own words here.

p.s.
Obviously the title and the first few sentences are sarcastic. I’m a strong supporter of giving at least a voice to this sort of dissident view.

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