Martin Hertzberg: The scientific hoax of the century
November 6, 2009
Senate hearings on climate change were broadcast on C-span last recently. While watching, I realized that government officials were absolutely right to complain about our science education deficiencies. As they pontificated about the impending climate crisis caused by human CO2 emission even though they knew nothing about climatology, I kept shouting at the TV:
“Heal thyselves, you bunch of scientific illiterates!”
It never ceases to amaze me how many otherwise intelligent people have been completely duped by the Gore-IPCC-Hansen clique of propagandists.
They say that “greenhouse gases” absorb infrared (IR) energy emitted by the earth and cause warming. Yet, in comparison to water in all its forms (polar ice, snow cover, oceans, clouds, humidity), human CO2 emission is as significant for weather as a few farts in a hurricane. The earth’s IR energy absorbed by greenhouse gases is reradiated to free space as soon as it is absorbed. The notion that the colder air above can radiate energy back to heat the warmer air below violates the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. Heat flows spontaneously from a higher to a lower temperature, never the reverse. But the Senate can solve that problem and justify its proposed legislation by simply repealing the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics!
In truth, this entire notion of a “greenhouse effect” was shown as early as 1909 to be devoid of physical reality; that is, it simply doesn’t exist. Thus the greenhouse belongs in the outhouse: It is a load of crap!
Next, the infamous “hockey stick,” fabricated from tree rings with a phony computer program to show that current temperatures are higher than any experienced over the last 1,000 years: a curve that is shaped like a hockey stick. It was immediately accepted by the IPCC even though climatologists knew that the Medieval Warm Period (when the Vikings settled Greenland, and grapes grew in Scotland) was much warmer than today. The IPCC highlighted the fraudulent curve in its reports because it told them exactly what they wanted to hear.
Next, a recent study of the scientific literature revealed an equally fraudulent CO2 hockey stick curve, which fabricated the myth of a “preindustrial” CO2 concentration of 280 parts per million (ppm) followed by a rapid rise to the current level of 390 ppm. The Gore-IPCC-Hansen clique then claimed the increase was caused by humans. They accepted unreliable ice core measurements in preference to the hundreds of more reliable direct measurements made by many distinguished scientists including several Nobel laureates. The real data show periods in the past 200 years where concentrations increased more rapidly than they did in recent years and that in several of those periods CO2 levels were higher than current levels. Knowledgeable scientists know that human CO2 emission does not correlate with changes in atmospheric CO2; that human emission is a trivial fraction of natural sources and sinks of CO2; that the oceans contain about 50 times more dissolved CO2 than the atmosphere; and that the recycling of CO2 from the tropical oceans where it is emitted to the Arctic oceans where it is absorbed, overwhelms human emissions. Data going back 500,000 years show temperature changes precede atmospheric CO2 changes by about 1,000 years. Thus temperature is driving CO2: not the reverse as the Gore-IPCC-Hansen clique contend. As oceans warm they emit CO2 and as they cool they absorb CO2. Millions of years ago CO2 levels were at least 5 times greater than current levels with only beneficial effects on plant and animal life.
Scientific evidence thus proves that the theory of anthropogenic global warming (AGW) is completely false. Recent data show the earth’s temperature has decreased significantly for the last eight years. Arctic ice coverage has essentially remained unchanged for 20 years, with a slight increase over the last three. Sea level’s rate of rise has declined significantly over the last three years, and its average rate of rise for the last 20 years is about the same as it has been for the last 15,000 years.
The AGW advocates are left with nothing but half-baked computer models totally out of touch with reality and have been proven wrong. As I indicated in my 1994 paper: “Unverified models do not realistically represent that radiative balance (between the sun and the earth) and it would be absurd to base public policy decisions on them.”
Well, welcome to “The Theater of the Absurd”! The next performance is in Copenhagen this December. Fed by the anecdotal clap trap of know-nothing journalists and environmental lobbyists, a group of scientifically illiterate diplomats will be proposing draconian measures of world carbon control that will waste enormous amounts of money to solve a nonexistent problem. Copenhagen will be “a tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” The conclusions of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are fraudulent concoctions that should be thoroughly repudiated lest it continue to discredit the United Nation’s legitimate functions: its programs to improve the standard of living of the underdeveloped nations; its programs to combat hunger and poverty; its support of the conventions against genocide and torture; and its World Court prosecution of war criminals.
Detailed references and an analysis of motives and forces behind the hoax are for a later article. In the meantime, ask yourself the important question: “cui bono?” ( who benefits?).
Dr. Martin Hertzberg lives at Copper Mountain.