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Monday, July 27, 2009

Climate change agreement facing challenges

First, the good news: Dr. Stephen Murgatroyd thinks an agreement on climate change still faces obstacles. The bad news: The climate is getting colder.

In “Climate change agreement facing challenges” published by the Western Standard here, Dr. Murgatroyd writes:

Just as the earth continues to cool – global average temperatures have fallen 0.74 degrees Fahrenheit since Al Gore released the film An Inconvenient Truth and forty six US states just recorded the coldest June since records began – the world’s G8 leaders are seeking a basic agreement on climate change.

They are facing challenges in doing so.

Murgatroyd lays out three reasons for why a general, multilateral agreement on climate change faces an uphill challenge. First, the Kyoto Accord will do little to reduce emissions. Second, the developing world wants to continue developing. Third, there is disagreement on how to best achieve the CO2 reduction targets.

Murgatroyd also thinks we’re in a 30-year cooling trend.

You can read Murgatroyd column here.

Posted by Matthew Johnston

Posted by westernstandard on July 27, 2009 | Permalink

Comments

Same old same old denialist nonsense. And I don't know what the reference to "Dr." adds since it seems the guy has a philosophy degree--not a degree in anything relevant to the topic.

Posted by: bigcitylib | 2009-07-27 11:32:02 AM


And I don't know what the reference to "Dr." adds since it seems the guy has a philosophy degree--not a degree in anything relevant to the topic.Posted by: bigcitylib | 2009-07-27 11:32:02 AM

And Al Gore's degree is in what part of climate science?

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-07-27 12:00:31 PM


I have absolutely no idea if human activity is affecting our climate in a significant way, but I'm simply tired of the socialist solutions that are being proposed.

I don't think most people are aware of the huge amount of capital that is required for most companies to retrofit their existing plants to make them more environmentally friendly. If they did, I doubt most people would suggest we tax the very firms that need capital in order to make the necessary changes. Anyone who knows the first thing about investors and NPV or ROI would immediately understand the irony.

Posted by: Charles | 2009-07-27 12:54:34 PM


The UN's IPCC makes the claim that "Thousands of Leading Scientists" agreed that global warming is a fact and that it is caused by human activity.
The fact is they UN spin doctors changed the document released by their own scientists to suit an agenda by so much that many of the "Leading" scientists actually asked to have their names removed from the list.
Of the group constituting the "thousands" only a handful were actually Climatologists. The rest were central planners devising ways to enact Kyoto type legislation.

Conversely, Ron Paul introduced a bill to stop "Cap and Trade" in the US that was signed by over 31,000 "Actual Scientists". Naturally the establishment is doing its best to ignore the real evidence.

Conclusion:(?) The whole thing is a ploy to implement the tax and control of...EVERYONE. Its a ploy to bring in yet another arm of a new Global government. A ploy to get us to recognize this new "World Authority"

And its a huge pile of absolute Bullsh*t!

Posted by: The original JC | 2009-07-27 1:25:11 PM


"Same old same old denialist nonsense."

Ocean levels are not rising perceptibly and we have scientific proof that in AD 1100, when the Earth was a degree or two warmer than it is today, there were record harvests. That isn't nonsense. That's accepted fact. Climate change, on the other hand, is but a theory, based on abstract and exotic data garnered in places that 99.9999 percent of the world population will never, ever, ever visit.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-28 2:53:25 PM


@Shane"Ocean levels are not rising perceptibly and we have scientific proof that in AD 1100, when the Earth was a degree or two warmer than it is today, there were record harvests. That isn't nonsense. That's accepted fact. Climate change, on the other hand, is but a theory, based on abstract and exotic data garnered in places that 99.9999 percent of the world population will never, ever, ever visit."


Same old "Dr." Matthews. Talking after he consults his Magic Eight-ball.

Posted by: Doug Gilchrist | 2009-07-30 11:28:32 AM


Let's hear your contribution, Doug.

Posted by: Shane Matthews | 2009-07-30 11:52:08 AM


When you look at temperature graphs, from a statistical point of view, it's obvious we're headed for a cooling trend.

Those who choose to ignore historical data are the true deniers.

Posted by: dp | 2009-07-30 12:15:19 PM



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