by John Hawkins | January 14, 2005 6:30 am
Hey all you tree hugging, electric car driving, solar panel hippies, it’s people like you who’re responsible for global warming….or so say climate change scientists like Dr Peter Cox …
“Cutting down on fossil fuel pollution could accelerate global warming and help turn parts of Europe into desert by 2100, according to research to be aired on British television on Thursday. “Global Dimming”, a BBC Horizon documentary, will describe research suggesting fossil fuel by-products like sulphur dioxide particles reflect the sun’s rays, “dimming” temperatures and almost cancelling out the greenhouse effect.
The researchers say cutting down on the burning of coal and oil, one of the main goals of international environmental agreements, will drastically heat rather than cool climate.
“When the cooling affect goes away — and it must do because particles like sulphur dioxide are damaging to humans — global warming will be much stronger,” climate change scientist Dr Peter Cox told Reuters on Wednesday.
Temperatures could increase in the worst case by up to 10 degrees by the end of the century, the researchers said — much more than current estimates.
Scientists differ as to whether global warming is caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases, by natural climate cycles or if it exists at all.”
So some scientists say man is causing global warming and this guy says we’re helping to prevent it. This just proves what conservatives have been saying for more than a decade: we just don’t know enough about climate change to make far reaching decisions that may have an enormous impact on our economy & lifestyles.
Just look at that last paragraph that I quoted,
“Scientists differ as to whether global warming is caused by man-made emissions of carbon dioxide and other “greenhouse” gases, by natural climate cycles or if it exists at all.”
How do you go to people in government and tell them to make decisions today, very painful decisions with real world consequences, in order to prevent some questionable catastrophe 50-100 years from now, based on that?
If you’re being sensible, you don’t…
Hat tip to Ravenwood’s Universe for finding this story.
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