Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cosmic Rays and CFCs, oh my

Hardly a week goes by without another story of how we have been misled (at least some of us) by the science of C02 and "Global Warming". Obviously the Climategate story about the so-called hacked e-mails and data out of the CRU unit of the University of East Anglia was a real eye opener. These particular scientists were the source sited for much of the data in the last few IPCC reports. These are the reports politicians and activists were using to justify draconian energy policies all in the name of saving the world.

Here now the latest revelation that C02 is not what's going to kill us...

A new study shows CFCs, cosmic rays to be major culprits for global warming. Co2 is not the wicked step-child. According to Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy at Ontario's University of Waterloo CFCs - compounds once widely used as refrigerants - and cosmic rays - energy particles originating in outer space - are mostly to blame for climate change, rather than carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

"Most remarkably, the total amount of CFCs, ozone-depleting molecules that are well-known greenhouse gases, has decreased around 2000," Lu said. "Correspondingly, the global surface temperature has also dropped. In striking contrast, the CO2 level has kept rising since 1850 and now is at its largest growth rate."

In his research, Lu discovers that while there was global warming from 1950 to 2000, there has been global cooling since 2002. The cooling trend will continue for the next 50 years, according to his new research observations.

As well, there is no solid evidence that the global warming from 1950 to 2000 was due to CO2. Instead, Lu notes, it was probably due to CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays. And from 1850 to 1950, the recorded CO2 level increased significantly because of the industrial revolution, while the global temperature kept nearly constant or only rose by about 0.1 C.

All this goes to demonstrate that we don't know what we don't know. Climate science is complicated, but what isn't complicated is understanding that the smoking gun will not be one single element like C02. For scientists and politicians to hoist this fraud on us in a quest to redistribute wealth from rich productive nations to poor, backward and corrupt nations (and of course scientific grant money) is downright criminal.