LEVELS of atmospheric carbon dioxide have been steadily rising, but since about 1998 global warming has stalled. Some climate scientists claim the reason has everything to do with the sun.
A little over a month ago a planning meeting was called to discuss whether more research should be undertaken by the US National Academy of Sciences/US National Research Council in particular to consider the role of solar forcing on climate.
Well known meteorologist and blogger Roger Pielke (Sr) was at the meeting and claims that compelling evidence was present showing that current climate models do not adequately represent the solar influence on climate.
Dr Pielke and a few others supported the need for a National Research Council study on this issues, but those at the meeting who also participate in the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were against the idea. Dr Pielke writes at his blog:
“The intensity of the dismissive and negative comments by a number of the committee members, and from even several of the agency representatives, with respect to any view that differed from the IPCC orthodoxy, made abundantly clear, that there was no interest in vesting an assessment of climate to anyone but the IPCC.
“The IPCC is actually a relatively small group of individuals who are using the IPCC process to control what policymakers and the public learn about climate on multi-decadal time scales. This NRC planning process further demonstrates the intent of the IPCC members to manipulate the science, so that their viewpoints are the only ones that reach the policymakers.
“If the NSF, NASA and the NRC are going to appoint and accept recommendations by groups with a clear conflict of interest to protect their turf [in this case the IPCC], they will be complicit in denying all of us a balanced presentation of the physical science basis of climate change, including the role that humans have.
“The obvious bias in the 2007 IPCC WG1 report is illustrated in the weblogs
Documentation Of IPCC WG1 Bias by Roger A. Pielke Sr. and Dallas Staley – Part I
Documentation Of IPCC WG1 Bias by Roger A. Pielke Sr. and Dallas Staley – Part II
“As it stands now, there are no independent climate assessments of the IPCC WG1 report funded and sanctioned by the NSF, NASA or the NRC.
“The agency representatives at the NRC planning meeting on December 8 2008, either are inadvertantly neglecting the need for independent oversight, or they are deliberately ignoring this lack of an independent assessment because the IPCC findings fit their agenda on the climate issue. In either case, the policymakers and the public are being misled on the degree of understanding of the climate system, including the human role within in it.”
Roger A. Pielke (Sr.) has a B.A. in mathematics and a M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology. Dr Pielke has served as Chairman of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Weather Forecasting and Analysis, Chief Editor of Monthly Weather Review, Editor-in-Chief of the US National Science Report to the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, Co-Chief Editor of the Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, and Editor of Scientific Online Letters on the Atmosphere. He was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society in 1982 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2004.