U.S. President Barack Obama recently said global warming is the biggest threat facing the nation and the world. In his State of the Union address in February, he asserted that "we must do more to combat climate change." His policies have been contested by some prominent scientists. Among them is Steve Goreham, Executive Director of the Climate Science Coalition of America, a non-political association focused on science and energy economics.
In his new book, The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Climatism, Goreham covers the entire breadth of the global warming debate, from the science of how greenhouse gases affect the climate to the economics of renewable fuels. He uses charts, graphs and references to hundreds of scientific papers to support his arguments that many of our fears regarding icecaps melting, extreme weather and polar bear extinction may be unfounded. The book discusses how climate science has tended to be politicized. The book's aim, says Goreham, is to help the reader sort fact from fiction in the global warming debate.
Meanwhile, David Legates from the Center for Climate Research at the University of Delaware, and Willie Soon, an astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, weigh in with their new DVD, ‘Unstoppable Solar Cycles: The Real Story of Greenland’.
The ten-minute video stresses the importance of getting the science right before adopting expensive government mandates. Key findings include their opinion that carbon is a "minor player" in the global warming debate. The main ingredient, they say, is the sun. The sun's magnetic field goes through regular natural cycles, which correspond to, and directly affect temperature changes on earth and are a primary driver of our climate's natural cycles.
(This is an excerpt from the July-August 2013 issue of Turbomachinery International)