Thursday, January 03, 2013

Does the Truth Matter in the Climate Change Debate?

According to Lorne Gunter, when it comes to the climate change debate, the truth doesn't matter
For more than two weeks now, scientists with doubts about the dangers of global warming have been buzzing about what appears to be a huge admission from the United Nations.

A draft of the UN's next five-year assessment report has been leaked and appears to show what the skeptics have been saying for years: Carbon dioxide has less effect on global temperatures than thought, the sun is a bigger "driver" of climate change, and global temperatures have not risen appreciably in the past 16 years.

We skeptics need to take a breath. I have no doubt the draft of AR5 (Fifth Assessment Report) says exactly what the skeptics claim, namely that the UN and its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has overestimated the effect CO2 has on global temperatures, underestimated the effects of the giant ball of burning gas in the sky and, as a consequence, incorrectly predicted how much Earth will warm in the coming century.

It's a fact, though, that in the climate change debate, the truth doesn't matter.

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