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October 16, 2006

Sen. James Inhofe, Oklahoma Republican, has been taking a lot of heat lately for his skeptical stance on global warming.  He's been called a "social dinosaur" for his failure to accept the politically correct view.  Yet Inhofe is absolutely correct to be skeptical, says David Deming, a geophysicist, an adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis and associate professor of arts and sciences at the University of Oklahoma.

The media hysteria on global warming has been generated by journalists who don't understand the provisional and uncertain nature of scientific knowledge.  Science changes:

  • It is frequently reported that temperatures are now higher than at any time in the last 12,000 years, however, reconstructions of past temperatures are not measurements, but estimates based on innumerable interpretations and uncertain assumptions; better studies -- completely ignored by the major media -- have shown that late-20th-century temperatures are not anomalous or unusually warm.
  • It has also been reported that in a mere 50 years mean global temperatures on Earth will be higher than they have been for the last million years; meteorologists can't predict what the temperature will be in 30 days, so how can they can reliably forecast what the temperature will be in 50 years?

Sen. Inhofe is not only correct in his view on global warming, but courageous to insist on truth, objectivity and sound science.  Truth in science doesn't depend on human consensus or political correctness, says Deming.

Source: David Deming, "Inhofe correct on warming," Washington Times, October 15, 2006.


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