Great Global Warming Blunder (?)

New book on global warming on How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists

Dr. Roy Spencer from the University of Alabama Huntsville’s Earth System Science Center has written a new book. “The Great Global Warming Blunder: How Mother Nature Fooled the World’s Top Climate Scientists”

It provides scientific evidence that climate researchers overestimate manmade global warming because they mixed up cause and effect when studying the effects of clouds on the climate.

Following are excerpts from the book, which is published by Encounter Books, New York.

“… the climate system is much less sensitive to our greenhouse gas emissions than the experts claim it to be. This means that Earth’s climate does not really care whether you travel by jet or SUV or bicycle. It also means that future global temperatures are about as likely to fall as they are to rise.”

“Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a change in the sun or a volcanic eruption or pollution by humankind to cause global warming or cooling. Climate change is simply what the climate system does.”

“Very little climate research is done anymore where scientists dig into actual observations of the climate system in order to figure out nature works. Instead, computerized crystal balls are built and analyzed by wizards who alone are able to interpret their message for us. And just as in ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ we are supposed to pay no attention to that man behind the curtain who is turning the knobs and pulling the levers.”

“If I am correct in regarding the climate system as insensitive, then the twenty computerized climate models being run in several countries around the world are predicting far too much global warming. If we are not causing global warming … reducing carbon dioxide emissions to ‘fix’ the problem will have no measurable effect on global temperatures.”

“All this temperature variability on a wide range of time scales reveals that just about the only thing constant in climate is change. This makes the identification of an ‘average’ climate state very difficult, and ‘normal’ climate nearly an oxymoron.”

“I believe that there is no unique fingerprint of anthropogenic global warming. Warming is warming, and it will look basically the same no matter what causes it.”

“… while patterns of warming across the Earth in the last fifty years might be ‘consistent’ with manmade global warming, they are equally consistent with natural sources of warming.”

“Contrary to what you may have heard … the recent warming in the Arctic is probably not unprecedented. It was just as warm in the late 1930s and early 1940s … There were newspaper reports of disappearing sea ice and changing wildlife patterns back then, too. The Northwest Passage was navigated without an icebreaker between 1940 and 1942 …”

“Even though global temperatures have not risen in at least seven years, we are being told that the climate is changing faster than expected. Even though Arctic sea ice recovered in 2008 and 2009 from its historic summer minimum in 2007, we are still being told that summer sea ice is melting faster than expected and might disappear entirely in the coming years.”

“The Great Global Warming Blunder” provides a simple explanation for why forecasts of a global warming Armageddon constitute a major scientific faux pas: Climate researchers have mixed up cause and effect when they analyzed cloud behavior.

Combining illustrations from everyday experience with state-of-the-art satellite measurements, Spencer reveals how these scientists have been fooled by Mother Nature into believing that Earth’s climate system is sensitive to humanity’s production of carbon dioxide through the use of fossil fuels.

He presents evidence that recent warming, rather than being the fault of humans, is a result of chaotic, internal natural cycles that have been causing periods of warming and cooling for thousands of years.

Instead of fearing more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, Spencer argues, we should consider the possibility that our use of fossil fuels might actually be beneficial to life on Earth.

Dr. Roy Spencer is an ESSC principal research scientist. Formerly a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA, he now leads the U.S. science team for the Advanced Microwave Sounding Radiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite. He was co-developer of the original technique for using satellite instruments to take precise measurements of global temperatures. He has testified before Congress on the subject of global warming and is the author of the bestselling book, “Climate Confusion.

Dr Spencer has a personal website/blog explaining many of his views entitled: Dr Roy Spencer at

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