Summary

Earth’s climate changes frequently, sometimes beneficially, sometimes disastrously (as during repeated glacial periods and the Little Ice Age of 1350-1850), as a result of shifting and interacting solar, cosmic,  oceanic, atmospheric and other forces that we are only beginning to understand. While some continue to insist that human “greenhouse gas” emissions are causing potentially catastrophic changes in climate and weather, growing numbers of scientists say nature, not man, rules the climate and causes changes of varying extent and significance every few decades, centuries and millennia.

Humans, plants and wildlife have survived and even prospered during past climate changes – and will continue to do so. Indeed, our technology and wealth will make people and civilizations much better able to prepare for and adapt to most climate changes, although another Pleistocene-scale ice age would devastate northern cities, decimate agricultural production, and drive human and species migrations.

Computer models are helpful for improving our understanding of how weather and climate systems work and change over time. However, because they are based on poor data and false, questionable or simplistic premises, they are useless in forecasting future climate and weather. Moreover, actual temperature and weather data demonstrate that alarmist warnings of dangerous global warming are not supported by reality. Regulating carbon dioxide may be profitable for certain industries and governments, but will impose enormous costs on society – while having no effect on our weather and climate.

Today, the real danger is laws and policies implemented in a misplaced belief that humans can control or prevent climate change. These policies raise energy costs, kill jobs, impose especially heavy burdens on poor families, and make it hard for still impoverished nations to develop, provide affordable energy, create jobs, and improve lives and living standards. Moreover, even drastic reductions in U.S. carbon dioxide emissions will mean nothing globally, because China, India and other developing nations are now emitting far more CO2 than the United States could eliminate even by shutting down its economy.

 

FAQ

Our Climate Change Truth File Q&A contains answers to a broad range of questions about global warming science and policy.

 

CFACT Reports

Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life

Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of LifeIn this special report, “Carbon Dioxide: The Gas of Life,” CFACT senior policy advisor Paul Driessen examines carbon dioxide and its many benefits. While global warming alarmists rail against it, carbon dioxide is actually the “gas of life,” without which life on earth would perish.

Driessen explains in detail where carbon dioxide comes from, why it spurs plant growth, how it fights pollution, and its many other benefits. “Eliminate CO2, and plants would shrivel and die. So would lake and ocean algae or phytoplankton, grasses, kelp and other water plants. After that, animal and human life would disappear. Even reducing carbon dioxide levels too much – sending it back to pre-industrial levels, for example – would have terrible consequences for crops, other plants, animals and humans.”

“Carbon dioxide performs as many miracles for our planet as antibiotics and immunizations have for mankind. That is an amazing feat for a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas that represents just 0.04 percent of our atmosphere: the equivalent of just 40 cents out of $1,000 or 1.4 inches on a football field!”

 

A-Z Climate Reality Check

As the real world evidence mounts that global warming claims are failing, the climate activists have ramped up predictions of future climate change impacts to declare that it “worse than we thought.” Marc Morano, editor of CFACT’s Climate Depot, compiled a special report entitled “A-Z Climate Reality Check” that shatters any such illusions that the climate is “worse than we thought.”

The scientific reality is that on virtually every claim — from A-Z — the claims of the promoters of man-made climate fears are failing, and in many instances the claims are moving in the opposite direction. The global warming movement is suffering the scientific death of a thousand cuts. This Climate Depot special report categorizes and indexes the full range of climate developments in a handy A-Z reference guide. The A-Z report includes key facts, peer-reviewed studies and the latest data and developments with links for further reading, on an exhaustive range of man-made global warming claims.

 

The Science and Global Politics of Climate Change

Lord Christopher Monckton’s “The Science and Global Politics of Climate Change” is a 30 page special report written for heads of state and government, cabinet officials, and national legislators. It provides pragmatic, factual insight into climate science, economics and policy, and offers sensible, straightforward, affordable answers to the key questions now before the international community.

The world faces many real environmental problems. In any view, however, “global warming” is not one of them. Science shows that the world will not warm dangerously. Even if warming were to prove severe, focused adaptation to its consequences would be the most cost-effective approach.

Taxing or regulating carbon – however profitable it might be for the Armageddon industry and for cash-hungry governments – would make little measurable difference to the climate, and at a disproportionately extravagant cost – all pain, no gain.

 

Recent Articles

Climate
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    Global warming policies are bad for your health

    Do global warming policies save human lives? A Stunning new report found the exact opposite. The report, entitled “Global Warming Policies Might Be Bad for Your Health,” was produced by leading researcher Dr. Indur Goklany and found that issues of poverty like malnutrition and unsafe water have a global impact of death and disease 70 times larger than that of theoretical climate change.

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    Carbon benefits trump costs by up to 500 to 1!

    EPA assumes zero benefits from the burning of fossil fuels while proclaiming heavy costs from increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Now, as Greens push for increasing the alleged “social cost of carbon” from the current 36/ton (up from $22/ton back in 2010) to an astonishing $43/ton, Roger Bezdek and Paul Driessen show that EPA is violating federal law (including Executive Order 12866) by ignoring the massive benefits to society (some $70 trillion in the U.S. alone) from fossil fuels use.

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    Global warming pajama party in the Senate is tonight

    While twenty or so desperate Senators gather all night, keep in mind that (1) there has been no global warming since 1997, (2) more than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition saying humans are not causing global warming, (3) Arctic ice is up 50% since 2012, and (4) every one of the climate computer models predicting warmth has been wrong over and over again.

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    Worrying about climate: The new mental health burden

    When it comes to global warming, melting ice caps and scorching heat waves often top the list of big worries. But now, just the act of worrying itself is allegedly becoming a new consequence of dreaded climate change.

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    Watch now: Morano throws cold water on Senate warming all-nighter

    “It has been 17 and half years with no global warming according to the latest satellite data. The global warming activists have a serious PR problem. Every kid in high school has never experienced global warning. They have a serious task to stay up all night and do this.”

Climategate
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    Who Released The Climategate Emails And Why

    Unless you happen to get all your news from the mainstream media, you will undoubtedly recognize that by “Climategate”, I’m referring here to the thousands of leaked email communications between prominent international researchers within the U.K.’s University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit (CRU) network.

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    Climategate 3.0 “Mr. FOIA’s” full message

    Read Mr. FOIA’s message.

    Climategate 3.0 is set to rock the global warming establishment. 220,000 encrypted emails which document what goes on behind the scenes at team global warming are suddenly decrypted and free for the public to view. What they reveal is not pretty. How unsettling.

    Who is this masked FOIA and how can we thank him?

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    Morano vs. Mann on the BBC

    In this corner….. Marc “The Godfather” Morano. In the other corner….. Michael “Hockey Schtick” Mann. Hear it now, while you still can!

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    Scary Monsters

    During my years in the climate debate, I’ve been called all sorts of things. Climate Hater, Weather Denier, to mention […]

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    Yet Another Panel

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Cap-and-Trade
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    Germany’s hopes for Green energy utopia being dashed

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    A carbon tax would destroy America

    If you want to know what a carbon tax on emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) would do to America you need only look at the destruction of industry and business in Australia, along with the soaring costs for energy use it imposes on anyone there.

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    Obama: Cap and tax and kill the economy!

    Instead of more Solyndras and Chevy Volts, we would prefer the 800,000 barrels of oil a day and the estimated 343,000 new U.S. jobs by 2015 if Keystone XL is allowed to proceed.

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    Cap-and-trade our cars?

    Cap-and-trade regulation to limit carbon dioxide emissions was rejected by Congress. But did you know federal agencies have applied it to cars?

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    Will the GOP really grill John Kerry?

    Senator Kerry, based on your record of investing with KPCB, we have every reason to believe that, as Secretary of State, you will push forward a clean energy agenda, one that moves climate change to center stage; a top-tier priority—and this will financially benefit your family and friends.

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    The carbon trading money tree

    When it appears easy to make a lot of money from something simple then in all probability something is wrong. The economic rules which govern the world usually dictate that it is not easy to make a lot of money with not much effort.

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    Are IPI and EPA plotting cap-and-trade for transportation fuels?

    IPI Executive Director Michael Livermore demands that the EPA “make a finding” that transportation emissions might endanger public welfare, “propose a cap-and-trade system” for transportation fuels, find that aircraft fuels “endanger” public health, “propose a joint rulemaking with the Federal Aviation Administration” to include aircraft fuels in the cap-and-trade scheme, and finalize the regulations within 90 days!

Climate Science
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    Carbon benefits trump costs by up to 500 to 1!

    EPA assumes zero benefits from the burning of fossil fuels while proclaiming heavy costs from increased carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Now, as Greens push for increasing the alleged “social cost of carbon” from the current 36/ton (up from $22/ton back in 2010) to an astonishing $43/ton, Roger Bezdek and Paul Driessen show that EPA is violating federal law (including Executive Order 12866) by ignoring the massive benefits to society (some $70 trillion in the U.S. alone) from fossil fuels use.

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    Green scientists debunk climate change myths

    Just as the Obama Administration, the EPA, the UN, and the compliant media are pumping up futuristic global warming horror stories, many of the world’s top scientists are speaking out ever more sharply against this fraud. Among them: Greenpeace co-founder Dr. Patrick Moore, German environmentalist Dr. Fritz Vahrenholt, Gaia promoter Dr. James Lovelock, and Nobel Laureate physicist Dr. Ivar Giaever. All the while, some of their former colleagues are now calling for the heads orf such skeptics on a silver platter.

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    Global warming’s tree ring circus brings us the costliest show on Earth

    In the beginning Stephen Schneider believed in global cooling – then he flipped 180 degrees, rendering his global cooling book useless. Michael Mann invented the hockey stick to “prove” human-caused global warming, yet cherry-picked his tree rings and cheated on his data — as did Phil Jones and friends in East Anglia. Yet their sins may have been equaled by the phony hearings conducted at Penn State and in the United Kingdom that ignored nearly all of the evidence except that presented by the guys on the griddle. No wonder the world is laughing!

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    Risking lives and property to promote climate change hype

    Australian climate professor Chris Turney put the lives of his fellow scientists and a host of Russian seamen at risk by his foolish attempt to “prove” that manmade global warming is destroying the East Antarctic ice sheet. But he is hardly the first arrogant fool to have to be rescued from a botched global warming stunt. Yet Turney and his fellows can point fingers to their colleagues at the EPA and the UN’s IPCC as co-conspirators in their doomed adventures. We need to stand up and stop funding this nonsense before someone really gets hurt.

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    No consensus among scientists on global warming

    It’s been widely touted that 97% of scientists believe global warming is mostly driven by human activities. But according to meteorologist Anthony Watts, this alleged consensus is extremely deceptive.

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    Global warming activists exploit Typhoon Haiyan

    In the wake of the tragic typhoon Yolanda that killed over 5,000 people in the Philippines, climate activists attempted to blame it on man-made global warming. Marc Morano, editor of ClimateDepot.com, says this is incorrect.

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    The eco-benefits of rising CO2

    Carbon dioxide has received a lot of flak for its supposed link to global warming. But Dr. Craig Idso of the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide believes CO2 actually provides the planet with more benefits than costs.