Cool Reception for Global Warming

By: By Bob Ashworth (from
By: By Bob Ashworth (from

In the early nineties, some scientists were saying that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions were causing global warming. This was disturbing to the author; a chemical engineer who has worked on coal conversion processes his whole life. Before it was investigated as to whether or not this was really true, the author developed a scheme to remove CO2 from power plant flue gas by bubbling it through a pond of water to form algae, then skimming it off, drying it and feeding it back to the power plant as a fuel to be blended with the coal. This would do two things, reduce the overall CO2 emissions to the atmosphere, and conserve our coal reserves.

After investigating CO2 as a cause of global warming, it appeared at that time to be false. In the late 1990’s it was brought up again and in 2001, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) announced that CO2 was causing the earth to warm and developed computer models to predict how much the earth would warm in the future. In 2006-2007, the author evaluated this again in depth and found the premise was clearly false.

IPCC scientists did not relay that, during the time from the mid 1960’s to 1998, the stratosphere cooled almost three times as much as the earth warmed. From this input, the author could prove that CFC destruction of ozone, not CO2, was the cause of the abnormal warming over that period. He wrote a paper that has been peer reviewed and in mid 2009 will be published in a respected technical magazine. However, putting this aside, does any evidence exist to support the premise that increased concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere have caused the earth to warm?

Do Scientists Support Global Warming? First, most scientists do not agree with the CO2 global warming premise! In the United States 31,072 scientists, including the author, have signed a petition rejecting the Kyoto global warming agreement and of these, 9,021 have PhDs, including Dr. Edward Teller.

The actual temperature in 2007 was some 0.7C cooler than the IPCC projection based on the assumption that CO2 concentration did not increase with time. On an actual temperature basis, one sees that the IPCC models predict temperatures that are not even close to actual measurements. To this old chemical engineer the predictions represent the classic “garbage in-garbage out” analysis for computer models.

Based on actual data, CO2 causing global warming is clearly a figment of the IPCC’s imagination. The lesson to the world here is, when it comes to science, never blindly accept an explanation from a politician or scientists who have turned political for their own private gain.

Taxing carbon will have absolutely no beneficial effect on our climate, will hurt the economies of the world, and will be harmful to the production of food because less carbon dioxide means reduced plant growth. Many scientists, including the author, see global warming from CO2 as a cruel global swindle, so that a few, at the expense of the many, can reap huge profits from carbon taxes.

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