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Climate Misinformer: Patrick Michaels

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"The UN was forecasting that global temperatures would be rising around twice the mean rate actually observed in surface temperatures. "
2 February 2012 (Source)

Numerous papers have documented how IPCC predictions are more likely to underestimate the climate response.

"Doing “nothing” about climate change in the next 50 years has little effect on climate mitigation compared to initiating taxation now"
2 February 2012 (Source)

The benefits of a price on carbon outweigh the costs several times over.

"Global warming forecasts confidently made by the UN in 1990 were clearly exaggerations"
2 February 2012 (Source)
This argument ignores the cooling effect of aerosols and the planet's thermal inertia.
"There has been no net warming for “well over ten years”"
2 February 2012 (Source)

Global temperature is still rising and 2010 was the hottest recorded.

"...here in the U.S. there are some 30 different statewide “renewable portfolio standards” (RPSs) that also mandate pricey power"
19 January 2012 (Source)

When you account for all of the costs associated with burning coal and other fossil fuels, like air pollution and health effects, in reality they are significantly more expensive than most renewable energy sources.

"...Schmittner et al. (2011)...reported rather lowish estimates of the climate sensitivity"
17 January 2012 (Source)

The Schmittner et al. study finds low probability of both very low and very high climate sensitivities, and its lower estimate (as compared to the IPCC) is based on a new temperature reconstruction of the Last Glacial Maximum that may or may not withstand the test of time.

"...I elected to focus on a comparison between the observed temperatures and those projected to have occurred under Hansen’s (in his words) “business-as-usual” (BAU) scenario. Remember, this was in 1998. There was no worldwide treaty reducing carbon dioxide emissions (indeed, there isn’t one now). The only change to BAU that took place in the 1988 to 1998 time period was the Montreal Protocol limiting the emissions of CFCs. Reductions in production began only in 1994 and the radiative effect of the Protocol by 1998 was infinitesimal. To me, BAU means BAU. One of the main points that I was making in my 1998 testimony was that observations indicated that the global temperature were rising much less than Hansen had forecast under BAU, which is what happened. "
17 January 2012 (Source)

Jim Hansen had several possible scenarios; his mid-level scenario B was right.

"How much it will warm in the future is a function of how sensitive the atmosphere is to doubling atmospheric carbon dioxide. There are a number of independent arguments now coming together showing that this value may have been overestimated."
9 December 2011 (Source)
Net positive feedback is confirmed by many different lines of evidence.
"There were two periods of warming, the first from about 1910 through 1945, and the second from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. They were both roughly the same magnitude...the first one was long before we put the majority of fossil carbon into the atmosphere"
9 December 2011 (Source)
Early 20th century warming is due to several causes, including rising CO2.
"There were two periods of warming, the first from about 1910 through 1945, and the second from the mid-1970s to the late-1990s. They were both roughly the same magnitude."
9 December 2011 (Source)
The warming trend over 1970 to 2001 is greater than warming from both 1860 to 1880 and 1910 to 1940.
"This section then ends with “it’s not getting warmer [expletive]“. That depends on your time frame. If you choose to look at the last 15 years, it’s not B.S."
12 August 2011 (Source)
Phil Jones was misquoted.
"there’s a research thread emerging that cosmic ray fluxes, which are modified by solar activity, can influence cloudiness and therefore climate. "
12 August 2011 (Source)
Cosmic rays show no trend over the last 30 years & have had little impact on recent global warming.
"Judith Lean and David Rind, two scientists of Gore’s preference, recently calculated the contribution of a standard sunspot cycle to climate...Nicola Scafetta from Duke thinks the solar contribution may be three times larger."
12 August 2011 (Source)

In the last 35 years of global warming, sun and climate have been going in opposite directions

"we have overestimated the gross sensitivity of temperature to carbon dioxide in our computer models."
15 July 2011 (Source)
Net positive feedback is confirmed by many different lines of evidence.
"Why hasn't the Earth warmed in nearly 15 years?"
15 July 2011 (Source)
Phil Jones was misquoted.

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