When we discuss global warming and its effect on the planet, we have past and present temperature and carbon dioxide measurements to contend with. To predict the future we need to rely upon global climate models(GCM) which are monstrous computer programs that are used to predict the future. These programs, I believe there are now 22 in existence, require the largest computers to do the calculations.
None of them can calculate the correct temperature distribution in the upper atmosphere across the earth. They all calculate a giant hot spot from about the range 30 degrees S to 30 degrees N. All experimental data confirms this does not exist. The GCMs don’t work and will never work because we can not predict what the sun will do. I think the GCMs leave out the sun as having influence on future climate.
A Forbes December 1, 2011 article by Peter Ferrera discussing the results of the Berkeley examination of global temperatures and the conclusions that can be made. He also looks at climate models and their failure to show the same temperature distributions that are measured. This is a good summary of experimental temperature measurements world wide and their showing burning fossil fuels has no effect on climate.
Temperature measurements from GCMs are shown on “The Skeptic’s Handbook” by Australian Joanne Nova given by the url below. A comparison is made between observed experimental data and calculations from GCMs. This Handbook is a good source of materials explaining climate alarmists have nothing going for them in their attempt to blame global warming on carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels.
The veracity of many of the scientists engaged in making global temperature measurements and creating GCMs is shown by the release of thousands of e-mails between these scientist that is called Climategate 1 and 2. An article by Jim Lacy in The National Review discusses conflicts among scientists in Climategate 2.
The articles cited give a quick summary of what we know about temperature measurements, their accuracy, and the worth of GCMs that are being used to guide energy policy in the United States and world wide. Drastic to total elimination of fossil fuels as energy resources will have grave effects on the United States’ economic welfare. The public has to study these issues and demand satisfactory responses from our politicians.