The George C. Marshall Institute is pleased to announce the publication of a new study by Dr. Michael Canes, Fossil Fuel Energy and Economic Wellbeing. Executive Summary. Today, fossil fuels supply better than 86 percent of the marketed energy used worldwide. The proportions of oil, gas and coal vary by region but basically these three […]
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On October 15, 2014 Dr. William Happer, Chairman of the George C. Marshall Institute, discussed “The Myth of Carbon Pollution.” “Carbon pollution” is a propaganda slogan for the campaign against carbon dioxide (CO2). It is not science. Atmospheric CO2 is not a pollutant but is essential for plant growth. Current CO2 levels are far below […]
On October 9, 2009, Fred Singer, Roy Spencer and Marc Morano participated in a Capitol Hill Briefing for Senate and House Staff: IS MANMADE GLOBAL WARMING REAL AND DANGEROUS? A Look at the Key Issues and Evidence Underlying Cap & Trade Legislation FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 12 Noon to 2 p.m. Room 116 Senate Dirksen […]
New Studies Highlight Consequences of Proposed Federal and State Actions The George C. Marshall Institute has released two studies documenting the adverse economic, environmental and national security implications of proposed low carbon fuel standards (LCFS). Low carbon fuel standards have been proposed at both the federal and state level, and serve as an element of […]
We find little justification for an LCFS as a means to reduce U.S. or state GHGs. Uncertainty over fuel lifecycle GHGs, the costs of such an approach and clear indication that there are far better means to reduce GHGs suggest it is a poor policy choice.
In short, technology is the only feasible and humane means to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and maintain an acceptable standard of living.
This morning President Bush laid out a new initiative to engage the fifteen nations recognized as largest emitters of greenhouse gases, including the U.S., India, China and the largest European countries, to begin a series of meetings to establish worldwide emission targets. The President restated his opposition to “one-size-fits-all” mandatory actions; under his proposal, each […]
Greenpeace’s strategy is one of attacking organizations based on whom they receive financial support from rather than the quality or content of their work. “In free and open societies, free speech and the right of dissent are virtues, not vices,” Marshall Institute President Jeff Kueter said. “Efforts to promote censorship through intimi-dation are offensive and […]
Climate change is a very complex subject. It is understandable that people in the media have difficulty grasping that complexity. That is reason for caution and for emphasis on doing what journalists are supposed to do in developing a story…
From Oil Sands and Cornfields to Server Farms: Principles to Consider When Formulating Energy Policy
A Washington Roundtable on Science and Public Policy
In December 2004, the National Commission on Energy Policy (NCEP) published a report entitled “Ending the Energy Stalemate: A Bipartisan Strategy to Meet America’s Energy Challenges.” The Commission was established by its members as an unofficial body in 2002 and has been supported by foundation money.
The campaign of personal destruction propagated by environmental advocacy groups hit a new low with the release of the May issue of Vanity Fair and the subsequent press conference today by the National Environmental Trust. Their accusations about Dr. Frederick Seitz are unfounded and unbelievable. It reflects a campaign of character assassination and the lack […]
Dr. David Montgomery concludes that the pricing structure of an emissions trading system actually undermines the incentives to invest in long-term R&D.
An MIT meteorologist Wednesday dismissed alarmist fears about human induced global warming as nothing more than ‘religious beliefs.’ “Do you believe in global warming? That is a religious question. So is the second part: Are you a skeptic or a believer?” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Richard Lindzen, in a speech to about 100 […]
Speaking at the George Marshall Institute’s Washington Roundtable on Science and Public Policy on February 4, 2003, Dr. Randall Correll called for greater awareness of the risks associated with small asteroid detonation in Earth’s atmosphere and urged a high-level dialogue to discuss the potential to relax limits presently placed on the release of data from classified defense satellites.
A Washington Roundtable on Science and Public Policy
As the year 2000 ended, the outgoing Clinton Administration released the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Change Variability and Change for the Nation, a document clearly intended to generate increased fears of global warming and promote policies restricting the use of fossil fuels. To help citizens and policymakers appraise the validity […]
Executive Summary The U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the Nation intends to “provide a detailed understanding of the consequences of climate change for the nation.” This report argues that the National Assessment will not be able to provide policymakers and the public with useful information on climate […]
Some Difficulties in Simulating Climate Variables Temperature (Surface, Troposphere and Stratosphere) Precipitation Clouds Expected Outcomes of CO2 Forcing The range of modeled global warmings for CO2 doubling Non-robustness of predicted changes for North Atlantic thermohaline circulation Comments Good morning! My name is Willie Soon. Before I start, let me first acknowledge that this presentation is […]
Does the world face a future where the relatively benign climate the world enjoyed during the 20th century will become much more hostile? History suggests that it may. Scarcely a week goes by without scientists announcing new evidence of massive past climate disruptions. For example, a recent paper in Nature described the historical behavior of […]
Industry has an important role in advancing our understanding of the climate system, in bringing forward new technology, and in promoting the economic aspirations of people around the globe without diminishing the well-being of generations that will follow us. Realizing these outcomes, however, will require a change in strategy and approach.
Is it possible to guess what the Sun will do in 2011 or 2022 and conclude that it has no role for climate change today? You be the judge! New sensational results (April 2000) At the European Geophysical Society meeting in April two scientists, Peter Thejil and Knud Lassen, present sensational new results on solar […]
Recent discoveries that shed light on the possible influence of the Sun on the climate of the Earth owe to experiments and instruments born of high technology and launched into space. They have provided us with new ideas about the nature of changes in Sun’s light, its charged particle emissions, and how they both affect […]
Introduction For well over a decade, the George C. Marshall Institute has been addressing the studies, the speculation on hazards, the many efforts to predict, and the theories supporting fear of human-made global climate change. The George C. Marshall Institute believes that public discussion of human-made global warming as a world encompassing problem may be […]
The purpose of this article is to give you some details about the research which my colleagues (especially Sallie Baliunas and Eric Posmentier) and I have done in studying the controversial relationship between the Sun’s energy output and Earth?s temperature, in short, the sun-climate connection. Despite what you may have heard before about sun-climate studies, […]
Last month’s heat wave has prompted by-now-predictable warnings about, as Time magazine’s cover puts it this week, “New Concerns on Global Warming.” Computer simulations say the “greenhouse effect” should have raised the temperature globally by about one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in the past 100 years. But actual temperatures have not cooperated with the […]
In the summer of 1988 with the thermometer hitting 98 degrees in Washington, D.C., James Hansen, chief of NASA’s Goddard Institute, told a Senate Committee that “the [human caused] greenhouse effect has been detected and it is changing our climate now.” Dr. Hansen said he was “99-percent confident” that current temperature represents a “real warming […]
Delegates from some 180 nations are meeting in Buenos Aires to discuss implementation of the Kyoto Climate Change Protocol, an agreement aimed at curbing increases in carbon dioxide emissions that are claimed to cause destructive global warming. Drastic cuts in U.S. energy use and U.S. production of carbon dioxide are a part of the Kyoto […]
The extent of human effects on global climate change remains a highly complex scientific matter, as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) made clear in its last report: Our ability to quantify the human influence on global climate is limited because the expected signal is still emerging from the noise of natural […]
The Vice President and scientists at NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) claimed in a press release that “new data and analysis suggest that global warming is exacerbating the effects of El Niño.” They further maintain that data from the ten strongest El Niño weather events over the last century show they are increasing in […]
But why stop at 1400? Because that is just about the farthest back in the recorded past for which this statement is true. Go back just a few hundred years more to the period 1000 – 1200 AD and you find that the climate was considerably warmer than now. This era is known as the […]
January 22, 1998 The Honorable William Jefferson Clinton President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President: We write today to respectfully request that you thoroughly review and reconsider the administration’s policies and diplomatic practices involved in the Kyoto treaty. We share your commitment to asserting American leadership in […]
It has been widely reported that hurricanes and severe storms are increasing as a result of human-made global warming. In 1996, Newsweek carried a cover story titled, “Blizzards, Floods and Hurricanes: Blame Global Warming.” Is there any evidence to support this? The meteorological record is clear on the question. The chart below shows that there […]
According to projections by computer models of climate change, a temperature rise of about 0.4 degrees C should have occurred in the last twenty years because of the large increases in CO2 and other minor greenhouse gases. But temperature measurements from satellites for the period 1978-1997 show no temperature rise at all. Some people argue […]
Do the experts agree that human activities, such as burning fossil fuels like coal and oil, will cause dangerous global warming? To answer this question it is best to take a look at what the scientists actually say about the greenhouse effect. The scientific portion of the report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate […]
Preface The extent of human impact on climate remains a highly complex scientific matter. As was made clear in the most recent report for the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), there are great uncertainties in understanding the impact of human actions, such as fossil fuel burning, on global climate. In that regard, […]
Since CO2 emission cuts are expected to have a destructive impact on the U.S. economy, waiting until more information is in hand would seem to be the prudent policy.
We can answer this question by looking at the earth’s actual temperature record. Since 1900, greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have increased by an amount equivalent to about a 50% rise in carbon dioxide alone. This gives us a way to anticipate what can be expected for manmade global warming in the next century, when […]
The extent of human impact on climate remains a highly complex scientific matter, as witness the by the latest report from the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “Our ability to quantify the human influence on global climate,” said the IPCC, “is limited because ? there are uncertainties in key factors.” Indeed, global warming […]
The test of all knowledge is experiment. Experiment is the sole judge of scientific truth. –Prof. Richard Feynman, 1963, The Feynman Lectures on Physics The possible outcomes resulting from the predicted rapid and dramatic rise in global temperature deserve serious thought. What are the scientific facts in support of the claim that human-made global warming […]
Continuing controversy over the extent of human influence on climate change suggests that a review of the latest findings on global warming written for a general audience will contribute to a wider understanding of his critical issue. Previous analyses of the global warming problem by the Marshall Institute have concentrated on the validity of climate […]