NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis


December 11, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama recently declared his intention to mitigate global warming by enacting a cap-and-trade policy that would reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by the year 2050.  But the last two years of global cooling have nearly erased 30 years of temperature increase.  To the extent that global warming ever existed, it is now officially over, says David Deming, a geophysicist and adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis. 

In fact, there is worldwide evidence of the end of global warming, says Deming:

  • By the end of January 2008, blizzards and cold temperatures in China killed 60 people, caused millions to lose electric service, damaged nearly a million buildings, airports had to close and Hong Kong had the second-longest cold spell since 1885.
  • In February, cold in the northern half of Vietnam wiped out 40 percent of the rice crop and killed 33,000 head of livestock, and the city of Mumbai, India recorded the lowest temperatures of the last 40 years.
  • In the United States, the city of International Falls, Minn., set a new record low temperature of minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit, breaking the old record of minus 37 (1967); in Reading, Pa., the temperature stayed below 40 degrees for 6 consecutive days and for the first time since the 18th century, Alaskan glaciers grew.

These cold weather events are not abnormal or isolated incidents; global measures of climatic conditions indicate significant cooling.  Moreover, NASA reports that oceans have been cooling for the last five years, sea level has stopped rising and Northern Hemisphere cyclone and hurricane activity is at a 24-year low. 

But even though global warming is over, politicians are still trying to enact solutions to a non-existent problem.  Instead, we must recognize that weather and climate change are natural processes beyond human control.  To argue otherwise is to deny the factual evidence, says Deming.

Source: David Deming, "Global warming freeze?" Washington Times, December 10, 2008.

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