Re: Don't be so hard on them...

Posted by Southern Man on Jun 08, 2002 at 08:59

Re: Don't be so hard on them... (DA Morgan)

“Based on your reading of what the White House released please comment on the following: “

First of all, I am unaware that the White House released anything on this subject. The EPA released a report to the UN.

"First, we know the surface temperature of the earth is warming. It has risen by .6 degrees Celsius over the past 100 years. There was a
warming trend from the 1890s to the 1940s. Cooling from the 1940s to the 1970s. And then sharply rising temperatures from the 1970s to today."
“Do you believe the administration would agree with or disagree with this quotation?”

What does this have to do with the EPA report? Did you find this quote in that report or did you just make it up? I have found no such quote in the report though I admit I still haven't finished all 263 pages so it might be there. But, following your seemingly random stream of consciousness/”red herring as valid discourse” attempt to change the subject because of your unwillingness to actually read a report that may not say why you wish it would say:

In appendix D it says:
“The range of natural climate variability is known to be quite large (in excess of several degrees Celsius) on local and regional spatial scales over periods as short as a decade. Precipitation also can vary widely. For example, there is evidence to suggest that droughts as severe as the “dust bowl” of the 1930s were much more common in the central United States during the 10th to 14th centuries than they have been in the more recent record. Mean temperature variations at local sites have exceeded 10°C (18°F) in association with the repeated glacial advances and retreats that occurred over the course of the past million years. It is more difficult to estimate the natural variability of global mean temperature because of the sparse spatial coverage of existing data and difficulties in inferring temperatures from various proxy data. Nonetheless, evidence suggests that global warming rates as large as 2°C (3.6°F) per millennium may have occurred during retreat of the glaciers following the most recent ice age. “

So, I am not going to give you my opinion of what someone might agree with or disagree with. This is supposed to be a science forum. I will only give you the data. You can make your own assumptions as to the meaning.

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