More faulty scienceDecember 2 2002 at 4:18 PM
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Response to 300-Year-Old Core Sample Says Its Snowing More on Canada's Mount Logan
It never ceases to amaze me how supporters of the "human-caused global warming" theory will ignore all of the common sense rules of scientific experimentation if it benefits their cause in the slightest way. The fact that the climate has recently been in a warming trend in no way proves that man has had a significant impact on the timing or severity of the trend--any more than the much more severe and prolonged global warming that occurred during the Mesozoic era proves that dinosaur flatulence was to blame!
The Earth's climate changes based on dozens if not hundreds of interdependent and independent factors, each of which has its own cyclic pattern. When combined they can produce long periods of little apparent change interspersed with relatively brief periods of rapid and relatively severe climate shifts. These factors, their underlying driving forces, their interdependence, and the Earth's natural response to those shifts are poorly understood at best, so to matter-of-factly accuse Industrialized Man of bearing responsibility for the current trends and to conclude that we are doing significant or irreparable damage only shows complete ignorance of the art of scientific analysis.
That's not to say that the world's environment doesn't need to be cleaned up--but it should start in the unfiltered cesspool of the third world where most of the world's pollution comes from--not in the U.S., where at already great cost we have built the cleanest industry base (per unit output) in the world.