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Interestingly, one of the inmates happened upon the same thing in one of the reports that Barry purports shows the scientific consensus on global cooling.
April 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm
Thanks of correcting the record and acknowledging the error. That is a sign of the good scholarship that is exhibited here. The National Science Board report was interesting. While it does say that a cooling should be expected, it did offer teh possibility of warming. From page 55:
Judging from the past record of the interglacial ages, the present time of high temperatures should be drawing to an end, to be followed by a long period of considerably colder temperatures leading into the next glacial age some 20,000 years from now. However, it is possible, or even likely, that human interference has already altered the environment so much that the climatic pattern of the near future will follow a different path. For instance, widespread deforestation in recent centuries, especially in Europe and North America, together with increased atmospheric opacity due to man-made dust storms and industrial wastes should have increased the earth’s reflectivity. At the same time, increasing concentration of industrial carbon dioxide in the atmosphere should lead to a temperature increase by absorption of infrared radiation from the earth’s surface. When the human factors are added to other natural factors as volcanic eruptions, changes in solar activity, and resonances within the hydro-atmosphere, their effect can only be estimated in terms of direction, not of amount.
It is interesting to see the warming narrative already making an appearance 40 years ago. That whole section of the report really seems to equivocate between the so-called evidence for cooling and the also so-called evidence for warming. They really want to have it both ways at the same time.
In true UD style, though, once he stumbled upon the truth, he picked himself back up and carried on his merry way, none the wiser for it.
ETA: The report Barry links to, and Mike LaFontaine quotes, is here.
Edited by carlsonjok on April 14 2012,12:04
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