Graph by Dr. J. Storrs Hall, Foresight Institute
Copyright © 2009 by Ralph Couey
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I've stayed (mostly) clear of the climate debate on this blog, mainly because opinion on the issue is so politically polarized. People are yelling at each other, but nobody's listening. And what's worse, people are utterly unwilling to critically examine the conclusions they spew.
The release of emails from the CRU and the refusal of other researchers to allow public access to the research and methods underlying their work seems to have revealed a science bureaucracy and a compliant press intent on solely political motives, ignoring the voices of the 31,000 scientists who disagree. Also, the revelation that the IPCC's findings on global warming came not from the scientific method, but an undergraduate's research paper. This whole mishmash has, in my mind, called into question the entire basis for the conclusion of Anthropogenically-caused Global Warming (AGW), and its adherents who seem far more intent on destroying the economies of western nations.
I've looked at data from both sides, but this chart, based on NOAA ice core data showing the temperature history going back some 425,000 years, is too compelling to ignore.