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U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change: “We Can’t Rewrite the Last Eight Years”

In an interview with the ThinkProgress Wonk Room, U.S. special envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern says the Waxman-Markey clean energy and climate legislation is what is needed and sufficient in meeting the challenge of building an international climate treaty and mitigating the most catastrophic consequences of global warming. Realizing that the U.S. has had to play “catch up,” he says that we simply must move forward despite a wasted eight years of inaction and delay. “We’re starting later!” he says, “It’s unfortunate, but it’s just the reality. We can’t rewrite the last eight years, so we’re starting later

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  1. Since 2000, atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased 18.4% of the increase from 1800 to 2000. According to the average of the five reporting agencies, the trend of average global temperatures since 1998 shows no increase and from 2002 through 2008 the trend shows a DECREASE of 1.8°C/century. This separation (there have been many others) corroborates the lack of connection between atmospheric carbon dioxide increase and average global temperature.

    Many Climate Scientists appear to be completely uninformed of some relevant science and understand other relevant science poorly (it’s not in their curriculum). The missing science, using paleo temperature data, proves that added atmospheric carbon dioxide has no significant influence on average global temperature. See the pdfs linked from http://climaterealists.com/index.php?tid=145&linkbox=true for the proof, to identify the missing science and to see the cause of the temperature run-up in the late 20th century. Climate Scientists have adopted the word ‘feedback’ but use it completely differently than had been successfully applied for decades by engineers.

    As the atmospheric carbon dioxide level continues to increase and the average global temperature doesn’t it is becoming more and more apparent that many climate scientists have made an egregious mistake and a whole lot of people have been misled.

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