Friday, July 25, 2003

No Mo Kyoto

Buried in the Wall Street Journal today:

The Bush team, which pulled the U.S. out of the Kyoto Protocol aimed at curbing global warming, is planning to spend $103 million on (another) study of global climate change - especially the role of clouds.
Clouds, it seems, can cause warming and cooling effects and combine with soot and other man-made pollutants.

“The Bush administration contends scientists and policy makers need more information about (clouds) before they can make decisions to cope with man-made changes.”

The Bush plan, which includes launching satellites and other technology to track cloud movements, is part of a 10-year plan for climate-change research.

But when an actual climatologist was consulted for the story, he had this to say:

“...there was too much focus on natural causes of climate change, rather than mankind’s influence on increasing global temperatures, says Michael E. Mann at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The plan ‘rehashes a number of issues that are pretty well settled in the scientific community.’ "

What Mr. Mann needs to understand, of course, is that the Bush team didn’t like the scientific conclusions that have already been drawn with regards to global climate change, so they want the scientists to go back and do all their experiments over again until they come up with an answer that the Bush team likes better.

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