Senate GOP criticizes past global warming claims ahead of hearing

Senate Republicans have released a report undercutting catastrophic predictions made about global warming ahead of a hearing planned by Democrats on the issue.

“Over nearly four decades, numerous predictions have had adequate time to come to fruition, providing an opportunity to analyze and compare them to today’s statistics,” reads the report from Republicans on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The report examines the 15-year break from global warming, sea level rises, extreme weather, and the unilateral regulations proposed by the Obama administration.

“The entire north polar ice cap will be gone in 5 years.” former Vice President Al Gore predicted in December 13, 2008.

However, there has been a pause in global warming for about the past 15 years or so, according to the report, which cites Professor Judith Curry, chair of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

“Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002,” Curry stated in June of this year, adding that, “This period since 2002 is scientifically interesting, since it coincides with the ‘climate shift’ circa 2001/2002 posited by Tsonis and others. This shift and the subsequent slight cooling trend provide a rationale for inferring a slight cooling trend over the next decade or so, rather than a flat trend from the 15 year ‘pause.’”

The Economist reported that “temperatures have not really risen over the past ten years” and that “[o]ver the past 15 years air temperatures at the Earth’s surface have been flat.”

“Since 1998, there has been an unexplained ‘standstill’ in the heating of the Earth’s atmosphere,” BBC News reported last month.

Republicans also noted that the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to provide them with supporting data to back up claims made by President Obama that global temperatures were rising faster than predicted. EPA officials twice dodged attempts to justify the president’s remarks, instead saying that they rely on UN climate data, which Republicans argue violates the  Data Quality Act and the agency’s own internal policy.

“The American public should be deeply troubled to learn that EPA is actively working to increase energy prices based on predicted global temperature increases without first undertaking efforts to determine if temperatures are actually increasing to the extent predicted by the climate models they are using,” reads the report.