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20 Things I Learned from Don't Sell Your Coat
by John Lehman
4/28/2012

Here are 20 things I learned from reading Harold Ambler’s book about Global Warming: Don’t Sell Your Coat. It was published in 2011 by Lansing International Books.

#1
There is a 60-year cycle of ocean-atmospheric conditions in the Pacific Ocean known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation. It consists of a 30-year warm phase and a 30-year cool phase. The cycle affects global mean temperature. The last 30-year warm phase was from 1978-2005, which may account for warming experienced during that period.

#2
Claims that global warming has increased the severity of forest fires are false. During the 2000’s forest fires burned an average of 7 million acres per year in the US. In the 1920’s, this average was 26 million, and it was 39 million in the 1930’s.

#3
Claims that global warming has led to an increase in malaria are false. Malaria is not a tropical disease. Malaria was a problem in US until pesticide use eradicated it. One of the worst outbreaks occurred in Soviet Union in the 1920s where there were 13 million cases per year.

#4
In some areas ice caps are melting, but in other areas they are gaining.

#5
Contrary to popular belief, in the last 30 years, polar bear populations have increased, not decreased. This is largely due to the fact that there have been limits placed on the hunting of polar bears. The author also points out that polar bears have survived warming periods before.

#6
Warming projections issued by computer models are dubious due to the fact that scores of complex variables must be accounted for, and many of the values of these variables are either hotly contested in the scientific community or still poorly understood. In other words, “garbage in means garbage out”.

#7
Although the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has increased from 280 part per million in 1800 to 390 in 2010, there is no consensus that it is due to human activities. It may be the result of natural phenomena such as degassing (CO2 being released from water).

#8
The relationship between carbon dioxide and warming is logarithmic, not linear, meaning doubling carbon dioxide does not double the amount of warming.

#9
Carbon dioxide does not lead to increased warming. Warming leads to increased carbon dioxide.

#10
Margaret Thatcher, the conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom elected in 1979, inadvertently helped plant the seeds of the global warming movement when, in attempt to bust coal-mining unions, she funded scientists who trumpeted the dire consequences of increased carbon emissions.

#11
A team led by meteorologist Anthony Watts examined 948 of the 1,221 temperature measuring stations in the United States Historical Climate Network. 58% were rated as “poor”, meaning that significant violations of the rules government the stations placement were found, which leads to bad data being reported (ex. Stations being placed too closely to asphalt lots and building that produce heat). Only 3% of the stations had no significant issues.

#12
When calculating global mean temperature, NASA makes very little use of satellite data, which is more accurate than data from land and sea recording stations.

#13
Recent global warming could be due to recent increases in solar activity. There was a high amount of solar activity from the late 1940’s to the mid 2000’s known as the Modern Maximum. Some scientists believe increased solar activity (more sunspots) blocks cosmic rays, and that since cosmic rays are thought to play an important role in cloud creation, the temperature increases because clouds serve to lower temperature by reflecting incoming sunlight.

#14
Temperatures rose just as much from 1910 to 1945 as they did during the late twentieth century, and that was before the massive post-WWII industrial boom.

#15
Lower temperatures are not necessarily advantageous. The Siberian steppes and Canadian plains, which are major sources of grain, are at the north most limit of agricultural viability.

#16
The current amount of carbon dioxide in the earth’s atmosphere is tiny compared to what it has been for the majority of the planet’s existence.

#17
The Weather Channel experiences high ratings when covering major storms. The Weather channel is owned by NBC. NBC is owned by General Electric. General Electric is the largest domestic producer of wind turbines.

#18
Although it feels good, driving a hybrid may actually be increasing our reliance on coal burning plants. The reason being is that the greater distance electricity travels (ex. to get to someone’s garage), the more energy it loses along the way. Additionally, the batteries these cars run on still have toxicity issues.

#19
Worldwide tropical cyclone activity has decreased 50% since 1998.

#20
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the sea level in Manhattan has been rising by less than 3 millimeters per since the middle of the nineteenth century,

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At 5/09/2012 3:14 pm
Leah Tisdale wrote:

I heard this mentioned by Greg Gutfeld on The Five. After reading this, I think I will be picking up a copy.

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