U.N. Says Humans Are ‘Extremely Likely’ Behind Global Warming

From The Wall Street Journal:

U.N. Says Humans Are ‘Extremely Likely’ Behind Global Warming

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.

5 Comments

  1. It’s extremely likely the UN’s latest report on climate change is every bit as idiotically wrongheaded as every other report on climate change, global warming, global cooling, the cumulative effects of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, or the mating habits of spotted owls, kangaroo rats, or snail darters has been since the Silent Spring turned out to be just as noisy and abundant as every other spring since the ice melted.

    The alarmists keep claiming the sky is falling, but it’s only their insane claims that keep falling flat. Their pay checks depend on maintaining the pretense, and besides it’s for the children.

  2. 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.

    That’s the key point. At no point can the UN or any other extra-governmental authority be allowed to enforce policies that surpass what is the supreme law of our land, the US Constitution.

    Actually, if the global warming kooks really want to have an impact, they should start leading by example. If Obama wants to convince us he really cares about global warming, he could trade in the 747 for a Learjet. Yeah, there’s less space inside, and Moochelle might feel cramped, but it’s worth it to “Save the Planet”, right? And Princess Pelosi can start flying commercial again, preferably Coach. And don’t even get me started on Prince Chuck. You can move out of Buckingham Palance into a studio flat in London if you’re so concerned about “Carbon emissions”.

  3. Here’s an excerpt from Anthony Watts at WUWT (What’s Up With That) posted on 9/27/13

    IPCC Fails To Come Clean Over Global Temperature Standstill

    IPCC’s Diversion Tactics Criticised

    The Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) is criticising the IPCC for its deliberate attempt to obscure the reality of an ongoing temperature standstill and its failure to come clean about the failure of its models.

    The IPCC has decided to discount the global warming standstill since 1997 as irrelevant and has deleted from its final document its original acknowledgement (in its 7 June draft) that climate models have failed to ’reproduce the observed reduction in surface warming trend over the last 10-15 years.’

    Not only has the IPCC failed to predict the ongoing temperature standstill, its climate models actually predicted accelerated warming due to the increase of CO2 emissions…

  4. Top MIT Scientist: Newest UN Climate Report is ‘hilarously’ Flawed

    Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.”

    A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years.

    “I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. “They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase.”

    Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/09/29/top-mit-scientist-un-climate-report-is-hilariously-flawed/#ixzz2gKMwuigv

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