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March 28, 2008

Al Gore often cites computer models used by environmentalists to predict imminent and disastrous climate change.  But actual temperature measurements by high-tech equipment show something completely different.  Actual measurements of actual oceans by actual instruments have thrown cold water on much of global warming theory, says Investor's Business Daily (IBD).

As Lorne Gunter reported Monday in Canada's National Post, the first of 3,000 new automated ocean buoys were deployed in 2003.  They amounted to a significant improvement over earlier buoys that took their measurements mostly at the ocean's surface:

  • The new buoys, known as Argos, drift along the oceans at a depth of about 6,000 feet constantly monitoring the temperature, salinity and speed of ocean currents.
  • Every 10 days or so a bladder inflates, bringing to the surface readings taken at various depths.
  • Once on the surface, they transmit their readings to satellites that retransmit them to land-based computers.

The Argos buoys have disappointed the global warm proponents in that they have failed to detect any signs of imminent climate change.  As Dr. Josh Willis, who works for the National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA) in its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, notes, there has been a very slight cooling over the buoys' five years of observation, but that drop was not anything really significant.  Certainly not enough to shut down the Gulf Stream, says IBD.

If the Argos buoys had confirmed the greenie computer models and Gore hype instead of natural temperature variations, it would have been big news.  The silence speaks volumes, says IBD.

Source: Editorial, "Buoy Meets Gore," Investor's Business Daily, March 26, 2008.


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