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"Global Warming" Has Become A European Religion

April 2, 2001

Continental observers say the theory of global warming has become so widely accepted in Europe it is now a matter of religious faith, not scientific debate. One reason is that it has absorbed more of the emotional energy of European "green" pressure groups than any other topic.

Yet, just in the past three months, there has appeared a whole suite of hard science papers from major scientific institutions in scientific journals -- including Nature, Climate Research and the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society -- all raising serious questions about the relationship between gas emissions and climate.

Their focus has been on:

  • The role of water vapor -- the most important "greenhouse gas" -- rather than carbon dioxide (CO2).
  • The paleogeological relationships between CO2 and temperature.
  • The many missing -- or poorly known -- variables in climate models.
  • And the need to correct certain temperature measurements fed into the models -- especially those taken over oceans.

One paper, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, even concludes "our review of the literature has shown that GCM's (global climate models) are not sufficiently robust to provide an understanding of the potential effects of CO2 on climate necessary for public discussion."

Source: Philip Stott (University of London), "Hot Air + Flawed Science = Dangerous Emissions," Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2001.

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