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Is It Over for Global Warming Alarmism?

This could be the last nail in the coffin of the global warming alarmists: NASA data show that the amount of heat that the Earth has been losing into space, from 2000 to the present, is far greater than the alarmist models predicted.

This conclusion is critical because all scientists, alarmists and realists alike, agree that the direct increase in Earth’s temperature caused by additional CO2 in the atmosphere is too small to worry about. The alarmists’ claims are based entirely on hypothetical indirect consequences of additional CO2. But these alleged feedback effects are not based on empirical observation, they are merely hypothesized by the alarmists and incorporated into their computer models. For a long time, we have known that the models’ predictions are contradicted by empirical observation. In the world of science, this is called refutation of a theory, but global warming exists in the realms of politics and religion, not science.

What is important about this most recent finding, reported in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing, is that it cuts straight to the bottom line. If not as much heat is being trapped in the Earth’s atmosphere as the alarmists’ models posit, that is the ultimate proof that those models are wrong:

NASA satellite data from the years 2000 through 2011 show the Earth’s atmosphere is allowing far more heat to be released into space than alarmist computer models have predicted, reports a new study in the peer-reviewed science journal Remote Sensing. The study indicates far less future global warming will occur than United Nations computer models have predicted, and supports prior studies indicating increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide trap far less heat than alarmists have claimed. …

The new NASA Terra satellite data are consistent with long-term NOAA and NASA data indicating atmospheric humidity and cirrus clouds are not increasing in the manner predicted by alarmist computer models. The Terra satellite data also support data collected by NASA’s ERBS satellite showing far more longwave radiation (and thus, heat) escaped into space between 1985 and 1999 than alarmist computer models had predicted. Together, the NASA ERBS and Terra satellite data show that for 25 years and counting, carbon dioxide emissions have directly and indirectly trapped far less heat than alarmist computer models have predicted.

If these data hold up, the alarmists and their political supporters will owe the realist scientists one of the biggest apologies in the history of science.

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