Supreme Court's Stay of EPA Carbon Rules Gives Time to Get the Climate Science Right
JACKSON, Wyo., Feb. 11, 2016 -- The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to temporarily block implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan while lawsuits from 29 states and many power companies proceed. It also provides a chance to be sure the science behind this plan is correct.
"New data and understanding now show that the science underlying the global 'consensus' on climate change is flawed," says Dr. Peter Langdon Ward, a geophysicist who worked 27 years with the US Geological Survey. Ward spent the last ten years reexamining the many assumptions underlying greenhouse warming theory.
"Current climate models calculate energy incorrectly," Ward explains, "based on a fundamental misunderstanding in physics going back 150 years."
Solar radiant energy is a function of light frequency, not bandwidth. Ultraviolet radiation is 48 times "hotter" than infrared radiation absorbed by greenhouse gases. You get hotter standing in sunlight than standing in infrared radiation from Earth. Climate models calculate exactly the opposite. "Something is clearly wrong," Ward says.
The world did warm one degree Fahrenheit from 1970 to 1998, caused by humans manufacturing CFC gases that depleted the ozone layer, allowing more ultraviolet radiation to reach Earth. The United Nations corrected this problem when they passed the Montreal Protocol limiting production of CFCs.
There was little global warming from 1998 to 2013. In August 2014, however, Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland began extruding 33 square miles of basaltic lava, the size of Manhattan, in six months, the highest rate of such extrusion in 231 years. As it flows, basaltic lava releases megatons of chlorine and bromine that deplete the ozone layer. The record warming in 2014 and 2015 was caused by the Bárðarbunga eruption.
Ward recently explained to climate scientists at the American Meteorological Society (AMS) annual meeting how ozone depletion theory provides a much clearer, more direct, and more comprehensive explanation for global warming throughout Earth history than greenhouse warming theory.
"The problem is," Ward explains, "that most scientists are convinced the global 'consensus' on greenhouse warming guarantees that the theory is beyond reproach. They are unwilling to examine the new data thoughtfully."
Ward explains the details in the recent AMS talk, in a TEDx talk, in his new book What Really Causes Global Warming? Greenhouse Gases or Ozone Depletion?, and on an extensive website WhyClimateChanges.com.
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