Posted: 01/26/2009 - One year ago, I believed that man-made global warming was true, with temperatures rising dangerously due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. I also believed that a consensus of the international scientific community supported these conclusions. I based these beliefs on information from the popular press, television and political leaders. Then I began some real research on the topic. I quickly discovered three critical things: First, the Earth has experienced significant warming over the past 18,000 years that has nothing to do with human activity. Second, more recent temperature variations demonstrate that there is little or no correlation between levels of atmospheric CO2 and temperature. And third, there is no “consensus” among scientists on climate change. Once you look beyond the political beliefs of the man-made global warming or climate change movement, the scientific truth is that there is no evidence of a correlation between atmospheric temperatures and CO2 levels. While no correlation has been demonstrated between CO2 levels and temperature, early data do suggest a strong correlation between changes in surface activity on the sun (sunspots) and temperatures on Earth. So, it might be that the same forces that have guided the changes in Earth’s atmosphere for eternity are still at work and still beyond human control.