Consider the Sources

Published September 16, 2008

Dear Editor:

Regarding vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin’s assertions about global warming, why is this an issue? (“Palin View On Climate Notes Human Factor,” September 12) More than 31,000 scientists have signed a petition stating, “there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate.”

Contrary to doomsday computer models, the global temperature has been decreasing since 1998. Satellite and land temperature gauges show the temperature has fallen by 0.14ยบ F, even though atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have increased by 5.5 percent over the same time period.

In August, a researcher at the Institute of Geophysics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico predicted Earth is on the cusp of the next Little Ice Age due to decreased solar activity. Even AccuWeather’s expert senior forecaster, Joe Bastardi, has stated: “People are concerned that 50 years from now, it will be warm beyond a point of no return. My concern is almost opposite, that it’s cold and getting colder.”

While global warming alarmists continue their political smear campaign against Gov. Palin, the science grows stronger refuting their claims.

Zonia M. Pino ([email protected]) is a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute.