by Paul Ballonoff
Cato Institute
February 24, 2014
Cato Journal
Recently The Economist, a prominent journalistic advocate of strong policies to control CO2 emissions, expressed their puzzlement on the absence of warming over the last 15 years. They observed that this flat period of global average temperature occurred despite the fact that CO2 emissions from human sources continued at an increased rate. The standard climate models anticipated that such massive CO2 increases should have caused continuing increases in average global temperatures. Given the large difference of observed date from the forecasts that underlie much current policy, it is timely to ask if the climate debates are addressing the right questions. Models alone are not science; models merely reflect the assumptions embedded in them. In climate models, and climate policy generally, those assumptions have apparently not reflected demonstrated evidence. Climate policy should reflect what experimental and empirical evidence show to be true.

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