Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Al Gore: Oops! Methane and Soot (Not CO2) the Big Threat

From Tim Blair:
Next, something that – if true – should be front-page news:
Gore explored new studies - published only last week - that show methane and black carbon or soot had a far greater impact on global warming than previously thought. Carbon dioxide – while the focus of the politics of climate change – produces around 40% of the actual warming.?Gore acknowledged to Newsweek that the findings could complicate efforts to build a political consensus around the need to limit carbon emissions.
So CO2 accounts for less than half of the warming that isn’t happening anyway. Yes, this could complicate things. It could complicate things a great deal.
“Over the years I have been among those who focused most of all on CO2, and I think that’s still justified,” he told the magazine. “But a comprehensive plan to solve the climate crisis has to widen the focus to encompass strategies for all” of the greenhouse culprits identified in the Nasa study.
The encompassing strategy to deal with soot should be interesting. Big Soot won’t stand idly by and let Gore get away with it, of course. I say this as someone who is obviously in the pay of Big Soot.
On Saturday, he told the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, he was “almost certain” Obama would attend the [Hopenchangen] negotiations.
Well, Gore’s call on CO2 was accurate enough. Maybe if enough interfaith prayer is involved, Obama will materialise for the climate talks.


OregonGuy said...

Consistency. The hobgoblin of little minds.

I must have an extremely small mind. Because I search for consistency.

Here's a link to a lecture by Richard Somerville from the Scripps Institute.


Notice at the end that he points out that particulants--haze, smog, stuff in the air--actually reduce the amount of "global warming."

So, now we have a problem with Big Soot?

Thank God we have men like Al Gore.

T. D. said...

The "Oops! Time to change direction." moments come and will come again and again because those pronouncing on global warming don't understand how scientific method works. No humility about what we "know" = no science.

"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right; a single experiment can prove me wrong."
-- Albert Einstein

Thanks for the link, OG!