Consensus collapses: APS re-opens debate on global warming -Update: APS position unchanged

I stole that headline from HotAir

The American Physical Society, an organization representing nearly 50,000 physicists, has reversed its stance on climate change and is now proclaiming that many of its members disbelieve in human-induced global warming.  The APS is also sponsoring public debate on the validity of global warming science.  The leadership of the society had previously called the evidence for global warming “incontrovertible.” …

The APS is opening its debate with the publication of a paper by Lord Monckton of Brenchley, which concludes that climate sensitivity — the rate of temperature change a given amount of greenhouse gas will cause — has been grossly overstated by IPCC modeling.   A low sensitivity implies additional atmospheric CO2 will have little effect on global climate.

Larry Gould, Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford and Chairman of the New England Section of the APS, called Monckton’s paper an “expose of the IPCC that details numerous exaggerations and “extensive errors”

In an email to DailyTech, Monckton says, “I was dismayed to discover that the IPCC’s 2001 and 2007 reports did not devote chapters to the central ‘climate sensitivity’ question, and did not explain in proper, systematic detail the methods by which they evaluated it. When I began to investigate, it seemed that the IPCC was deliberately concealing and obscuring its method.”

Ed Morrissey notes the following:

The paper points out that the warming seen on Earth during the period under question matched the warming seen on other planets in the solar system, a point repeatedly made by skeptics over the last few years.  Mars, Jupiter, Pluto, and one of Neptune’s moons experienced the same climate shift at the same time, and Monckton assigns the blame not to SUVs or belching smokestacks, but to the only energy source all have in common: the sun.  Solar activity during the past seventy years, Monckton states, exceeded what had been seen for 11,000 years, which led to the warming activity here on Earth and elsewhere in the system.

UPDATE: The AFP has not changed it’s stance – though an internal subgroup has brought up questions as to the consensus. It will be interesting to see where that goes…

 And yet, there are still people talking about ideas like a global carbon tax… Here’s a recent comment from the Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid – talking about how “coal makes us sick”:

And here’s John McCain:

Here’s Barack Obama:

But what happens if it turns out that carbon emissions have little or nothing to do with causing global warming?

For your consideration – Here is a great overview of the counter argument against the assertion that burning fossil fuels is causing global warming:

Final question: Who exactly is hurt the most by high gas prices and crappy legislation brought to us by environmentalists? The poor. Think about that. For the middle class – $4.00 gas is crappy and inconvenient, but for the poor – it’s devastating.

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2 Responses to “Consensus collapses: APS re-opens debate on global warming -Update: APS position unchanged”

  1. Dawnna McGrady Says:

    I recall Monckton’s report was quickly debunked and disclaimed by the APS. He did get lots of positive attention from fossil fuel industry supporters and others who dedicate themselves to resisting environmental protection efforts.
    http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2006/11/cuckoo-science

  2. Dawnna McGrady Says:

    APS did not reopen the debate. Someone in one of their forums did and the denial folks ran with it. Here is the APS disclaimer from http://www.aps.org/: The American Physical Society reaffirms the following position on climate change, adopted by its governing body, the APS Council, on November 18, 2007:

    “Emissions of greenhouse gases from human activities are changing the atmosphere in ways that affect the Earth’s climate.”

    An article at odds with this statement recently appeared in an online newsletter of the APS Forum on Physics and Society, one of 39 units of APS. The header of this newsletter carries the statement that “Opinions expressed are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the APS or of the Forum.” This newsletter is not a journal of the APS and it is not peer reviewed.


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