Last week, Ted Poe made some especially strong statements criticizing the science behind claims of global warming and related climate change. In a short speech Poe entitled Global Warming Is A Theory, Poe accused,
“The Nation had one of the coldest winters in years, including record snowfalls in the South; but the Warmers like Al Gore ignore the obvious, and still claim we are all going to perish, saying that Man is the threat to the planet. The groundhog is a better predictor of the weather than Al Gore.
Al Gore’s long-winded article in The New York Times over the weekend was long on claims and short on facts. He didn’t cite hard sources for his information. Like the rest of the global warming scientists, they are using fraudulent information. We are supposed to take their word for it now that basic data supporting their claims has, all of a sudden, disappeared. “
Actually, global warming is not a theory. It’s an observation that’s been achieved using standard scientific devices such as thermometers. In spite of what Congressman Poe claims, without citing any hard sources of information himself, a gradual increase in global temperatures has been measured, and that trend includes the last few months as well.
Let’s cite hard sources of information, as Representative Poe demands: The latest National Climatic Data Center State of the Climate Global Analysis finds that the 2000 to 2009 decade was the warmest ever recorded and that 2009 was tied with 2006 as the 5th warmest year on record. The Center also found that last December’s global ocean surface temperatures were the 2nd highest for any December in history and that January 2010 was the 4th hottest January ever – not the terrible chill that Ted Poe describes it to be based on his own anecdotal observations.
Climate change is something that needs to be assessed scientifically, not politically, and not through a glimpse at the Weather Channel. Responsible leadership from Congress will recognize that more than 20 years of careful analysis and observation, combined with rigorous testing, have led to the consistent finding that our planet’s climate is undergoing a significant shift, and one that’s likely to be caused in large part by human activities.