Washington, DC 10/14/2009 9:02:37 PM
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Obama, Kerry Climate Fear Mongering Is Real Threat to National Security, says SPPI


The Science and Public Policy Institute’s authoritative Monthly CO2 Report for September 2009 rebuts claims by President Obama and Senator John Kerry that “global warming” poses a threat to national security.  A brief essay shows that it is the fear mongering that is the real threat to national security.


Writes Report Editor Christopher Monckton, “The President of the United States recently told the United Nations that ‘global warming’ poses a threat to national security and may engender conflicts as populations are displaced by rising sea levels, droughts, floods, storms etc. etc. etc. However, it is now clear that there is no basis for the notion that the barely-detectable human influence on the climate is likely to prove a threat to climate, still less to national security.”


The Monthly Report also features a paper by Dr. Joe D’Aleo showing that global temperatures over the past century, corrected for urban bias and other errors in the current datasets, have changed by far less than official sources suggest.


This month’s CO2 Report provides the latest real-world scientific data about the climate: 


  •        “Global warming” poses no national-security threat. Fear mongers are the real threat. Editorial comment
  •       The North-East Passage has been open before, so the Green ship owner’s recent stunt that got a ship round the northern coast of Russia with the assistance of several ice-breakers is nothing new and tells us nothing of “global warming”.
  •       The IPCC assumes CO2 concentration will reach 836 ppmv by 2100, but, for almost eight years, CO2 concentration has headed straight for only 570 ppmv by 2100. This alone halves all of the IPCC’s temperature projections.
  •       Since 1980 temperature has risen at only 2.3 °F (1.4 °C)/century, not the 7 F° (3.9 C°) the IPCC predicts.
  •         Sea level rose just 8 inches in the 20th century, and has scarcely risen since 2006. The oceans are not warming.
  •       Arctic sea-ice extent is now beyond its summer low, but there was more summer ice than there was in 2007 or 2008. In the Antarctic, sea ice extent reached a record high in 2007. Global sea ice extent shows little trend for 30 years.
  •       Hurricane and tropical-cyclone activity is almost at its lowest since satellite measurement began.
  •       CO2 residence time is about 7 years, not the 100 years imagined by the UN’s climate panel.
  •       The Sun is still very quiet, but some solar activity returned at the end of September.
  •       The (very few) benefits and the (very large) costs of the Waxman/Markey Bill are illustrated.
  •       We offer a special puzzle to our readers, just for entertainment.
  •       As always, there’s our “global warming” ready reckoner, and our monthly selection of scientific papers.
  •       And finally, a Technical Note explains how we compile our state-of-the-art CO2 and temperature graphs.


Robert Ferguson, SPPI’s president, says: “The September CO2 Report is must reading for policy makers and those with a keen interest in climate mitigation legislation and policy.  It graphically illustrates that the Waxman/Markey bill will scarcely affect either global temperatures or sea levels; but even if it could mitigate 3.4 C, it would take 1,360 years at a cost of $250 trillion.”

The full report can be read here: 


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