As readers of this blog know, I post a lot of links to contrarian articles on the global warming debate, if only to make sure that people know there is still an ongoing debate on the subject.
Dr. Roy Spencer, principle research scientist at the University of Alabama, and former Senior Scientist for Climate Studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, has published an excellent primer on the whole global warming issue, detailing the known facts–and pondering the unknown variables–that make certitude on this subject so difficult. (Link requires Adobe Reader.)
Dr. Spencer’s conclusion:
If there is only one single message I could get out to the public on the global warming issue, it would be this:
Even if future global warming turns out to be a serious problem, there is very little we can do without the development of new energy technologies.
Every currently proposed policy “solution” to the global warming problem will have little effect on future levels of warming. Conservation approaches such as buying compact fluorescent bulbs and hybrid cars might make us feel better about ourselves, but those things will have an unmeasurable effect on future warming.
. . . Unfortunately, all currently proposed approaches to attacking global warming will punish economic growth, and for very little environmental gain. It is imperative that we all become better informed on global warming issues, both the science and the policy. The energy problem is too important to be wasting time and money on “solutions” that will have very little effect. It is only through smart, informed decisions that we will make the world a better place for our children and grandchildren.
This is a must read for anyone who wants the complete story on global warming, without shrill hype.