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NIPCC Findings Contradict U.N. Report

August 1, 2008

ARLINGTON, VA.–There has been increasing concern about global climate change on the part of the media, politicians and the public, stimulated by the idea that human activities may adversely influence global climate, and that government action is required to address this “problem.”

My purpose is to show this concern is misplaced, that human activities are not influencing global climate in a significant way, and that in any case, very little can be done about global climate. We should not waste scarce resources in trying to influence it. Climate will continue to change–as it always has–both warming and cooling on different time scales and for different reasons, completely unrelated to any human action. I will also argue that, should it occur, a modest warming on the whole is beneficial.