NOTE: This op-ed is apparently too hot for some editors to handle. Late last week it was accepted and posted on politix.topix.com only to be abruptly removed some two hours later. After several hours of attempting to determine why it was removed, I was informed the topix.com editor had permanently taken it down because of a strong negative reaction to it and because of âconflicting views from the scientific communityâ over factual assertions in the piece.
Fortunately, some media outlets recognize a vigorous scientific debate persists over humanityâs influence on climate and those outlets refuse outside efforts to silence viewpoints that run counter to prevailing climate alarmism. My original piece follows below.- Craig Idso
Guest essay by Dr. Craig D. Idso
The release of a United Nations (UN) climate change report last week energized various politicians and environmental activists, who issued a new round of calls to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Some of the most fiery language in this regard came from Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who called upon Congress to âwake up and do everything in its power to reduce dangerous carbon pollution,â while Secretary of State John Kerry expressed similar sentiments in a State Department release, claiming that âunless we act dramatically and quickly, science tells us our climate and our way of life are literally in jeopardy.âÂ
Really? Is Earthâs climate so fragile that both it and our way of life are in jeopardy because of rising carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions?
In a word, no! The human impact on global climate is small; and any warming that may occur as a result of anthropogenic CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions is likely to have little effect on either Earthâs climate or biosphere, according to the recently-released contrasting reportÂ Climate Change Reconsidered II: Biological Impacts, which was produced by the independent Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC). Â Â Read more »