December 28, 2010
By Fred Singer
International climate negotiations collapsed in December 2009 in Copenhagen (soon dubbed “Flopnhagen”) – and the just-completed round in Cancun, Mexico, achieved little. Basically, the public no longer trusts the science being dispensed by the United Nations. Also, major developing countries, including China and India, refuse to sacrifice economic growth for an uncertain goal.
Yet, in most policy discussions – and in Al Gore‘s movie – it is still assumed, without question, that the warming trend, since about 1900, is human-caused. But there is no good evidence to support this belief except constant repetition of the mantra “The science is settled.” The summary of the 2007 report of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) claims as its key conclusion: “Most of the observed increase in global averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likelydue to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.”