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Chemotherapy for the Common Cold April 1, 2014 10:00 AM | Tagged as Ridley

WSJ March 28, 2014, Page A13 “Climate Forecast: Muting the Alarm” by  Matt Ridley

Once again, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is publishing a report to alarm the world. As Mr. Ridley, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, reports the IPCC is at least moving a bit toward a more sensible missive.

Their last report  (2007) used alarmist anecdotes to attempt to scare the world into drastic policy changes. All of their anecdotes were in error and all were in error in the same direction…alarmism. This is a simple dip stick to know the writers were biased.

Most reasonable assessments of climate change agree warming will continue as it did during the past century, a little over a degree per century. This level of warming is quite adaptable by nature and humans. Many scientists who have the fortitude to swim against the “group think” current  believe it is highly debatable of this warming is man-made. Many also conclude this level of warming will be beneficial to us. Ridley recounts that satellites have recorded a 14% increase in greenery on the planet over the past 30 years. Plants are growing faster and using less water with increased C02.

In light of the renewables being economically imprudent, damaging to the environment, and an abuse of land use, “it appears that in our efforts to combat warming we may have been taking the economic equivalent of chemotherapy for a cold.”, Ridley writes.

Ridley chronicles the history of scientific alarmist over such things as the population “bomb”, pesticides, acid rain, falling sperm counts, and even killer bees. In each case, scientists at institutions gained a lot of funding from these scare tactics, but eventually came to converge on the view that the problem was not as bad as advertised. Could it be that the IPCC is starting that same coalescing about global warming?  

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