From The Wall Street Journal:
Report Says Temperatures Aren’t Expected to Rise as Quickly as Previously Thought
By Johannes Ledel
STOCKHOLM—A much-anticipated United Nations report on climate change claims that while human activity has likely been the dominant cause of global warming since the 1950s, temperatures aren’t expected to rise as quickly as previously thought.
A summary of the report, issued Friday by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC, took an even firmer stance on human influence than the previous report issued in 2007. The new report says there is an “unequivocal” warming of the climate and that it is “extremely likely” that humans are the biggest influence, whereas six years ago the group said it is “very likely.”
The IPCC’s working group compiled physical evidence and scientific research in reaching a conclusion that there is a 95% chance that humans can be primarily blamed.
The report is closely watched by governments, environmentalists and key industries such as the oil, gas and coal sector, because it provides the scientific backing for many governments’ policies on climate change, and may impact those policies. The summary issued on Friday previews a full report that will be issued next week as part of the group’s wider so-called fifth assessment, which will come out in several phases.
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Your Editor places very little faith in anything that comes from the United Nations; any reports that are issued under their name can be counted on to be extremely biased in favor of some political position or other, usually one which calls for more blame, and more costs, to be put on the developed nations.
Now, I have absolutely no problem with policies which call for cleaning up the environment, but I most certainly do have a problem with those which call for the impoverishment of the public. Policies which are meant to push future development into cleaner technologies are all well and good, but those which attempt to impose huge burdens on existing infrastructure, costs which would raise electricity and other energy prices based upon current suppliers or the forced early shutdown of existing power plants are things which must be resisted. Policies which would undermine or prohibit the use of coal, a resource in which the United States has the largest recoverable reserves in the world, a supply good for over 200 years, cannot be allowed. And policies which would allow the United Nations to impose obligations on our sovereignty, or be used to give foreign governments or international organizations some sort of advantage over the United States must never be approved.