Prepping for McKibbin

Russ Steele

On April 17th Bill McKibbin the self professed savior of the planet from CO2 emissions is coming to the Miners Foundry to enlighten our local tree hugger community on his mission. His message will be that we are beyond the safe level of CO2 at 350ppm. He will advocate we modify our behavior so we can return to this limit from the current 393ppm. The real questions is why?

Jo Nova has a post showing that after 30 years of climate monitoring there is no evidence of the CO2 amplification that was forecast by the IPCC.

Jo Nova: Last 30 years shows climate feedbacks are zero at best.

Let’s be as generous as we can. The IPCC say feedbacks amplify CO2′s warming by a factor of about three.Without the amplification from positive feedback there is no crisisSo being nice people, let’s assume it’s warmed since 1979 and assume that it was all due to CO2. If so, that means feedbacks are …. zero. There goes that prediction of 3.3ºC.

Feedbacks are the name of the game. If carbon dioxide doesn’t trigger off powerful positive feedbacks, there was and is no crisis. Even James Hansen would agree — inasmuch as he himself said that CO2 would directly cause about 1.2ºC of warming if it doubled, without any feedbacks Hansen 1984.

Consider the warming from1979 to 2007, when we measured temperatures using satellites and not corrupted and adjusted land thermometers. Douglass and Christy 2008 point out that, given how much CO2 levels increased in that time, the warming only amounts to what the IPCC scientists predict we should get from CO2 alone, from the direct effect of CO2, and not from the effect of CO2 plus positive feedbacks.

The warming trend expected from CO2 without any feedbacks at all is 0.07ºC/decade. The trends from the UAH satellites are 0.06±0.01ºC/decade. Since the two figures are almost the same, no one needs a super-computer to tell them that this implies that the sum of all feedbacks and the sum of all fears is zip, nada, nothing.

Furthermore, this study likely overestimates the effect of CO2. There is clearly a 60 year cycle of warming and cooling due to the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and the 28 year study period was the steepest part of that 60 year cycle. Hence, trends over longer periods are likely to be smaller, which implies that feedbacks are negative.

Thus the upper bound on climate sensitivity the temperature rise when CO2 doubles from the last three decades of warming is about 1°C, and that’s assuming all the warming is due to CO2 increases and not due to other factors like solar magnetic effects, cosmic radiation, ocean current oscillations, or geomagnetic forces. Which is much less than the IPCC median estimate of 3.3°C.

via Jo Nova: Last 30 years shows climate feedbacks are zero at best |

Now you have some questions to ask McKibben:

1) Where is forecast feed back, it seems to be missing?

2) With the CO2 rising, how come temperatures are declining?


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

One Response to Prepping for McKibbin

  1. gjrebane says:

    We should start rethinking our understanding of secular humanism, the philosophical banner under which so many liberals assemble and march. With prophets like McKibbin wandering over the countryside and exhorting true believers to ever stronger measures to ‘defend the earth’, AGW should finally file for status as America’s first state sponsored religion (the Constitution be damned). AGW’s supporters have behaved as members of a faith-based organization for at least the better part of a decade, forsaking their embrace of science when they rejected falsifiability and claimed immunity from that seminal attribute of scientific inquiry.

    The real entertainment from the McKibbin kumbayah will be to see all the dedicated acolytes in attendance hollering ‘Amen brother!’, ‘Hallelujah!’, and other such pleasantries at the appropriate moments of the sermon. My attendance? Aysah comin’, aysah comin’!

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