WASHINGTON, DC – Following the Bush Administration’s $103 million
10-year plan to study global warming, the Independent Institute today
unveiled a new report on global warming, which has groundbreaking new
information, using new satellite data to show that the climate’s change is
less than previously thought.
“Critical portions of science in all of these reports are misleading”
stated the report, citing the 2001 National Assessment of Climate Change
by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 2000
National Assessment of the U.S. Climate Change and the EPA’s 2001 Climate
New findings include:
- Satellite records: Satellite data show a net global temperature
trend of +0.06 degrees/decade, significantly less than forecast by
climate models that are based on bad science. Annual satellite records
show no significant change whatsoever.
- Global warming and urban mortality: Examining the relationships
between warming and mortality in 28 U.S. cities, heat-related mortality
declined in 22 of the 28 cities. In the 1980s, many cities (especially
in the Southern U.S.) experienced no excess mortality, an effect that
spread northward across interior cities in the 1990s.
- EPA bias: The 2001 Climate Action Report, produced by the EPA to
make projections and possible policy ideas, relies heavily on the 2000
National Assessment of global warming. The 2000 National Assessment is a
Clinton Administration product that was based on bad science; it used
models for climate projections that perform worse than a table of random
numbers when applied to 10-year moving averages of U.S. temperatures
- Scientists established that the climate since the termination of the
last glacial stage, some 12,000 years ago, has hardly been stable or
constant, states the report. “Between four and seven thousand years ago,
the earth’s mean surface temperature was some 1-2 degrees Celsius higher
than it is today, for largely unknown reasons.” The Earth goes through
periods of global warming, just as it does global cooling.
The report, “New Changes in
Climate Science: What the EPA Isn’t Telling Us” was released by the
Independent Institute and highlights research provided by its panel on
global warming: John Christy (University of Alabama at Huntsville and
State Climatologist), David Legates (University of Delaware Center on
Climate Change), Robert Davis and Wendy Novicoff (University of Virginia)
and S. Fred Singer (research fellow at the Independent Institute and
former EPA senior official).
The Independent Institute
non-profit, non-partisan, scholarly research and educational organization
that sponsors comprehensive studies on the political economy of critical
social and economic issues.