Global warming has not “ceased”, as Heartland Institute report falsely claims

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"global warming ceased around the end of the twentieth century and was followed (since 1997) by 19 years of stable temperature"

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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CO2 is a greenhouse gas that caused warming during past climate changes, notably as a feedback amplifying other factors

CLAIM
"Increases in atmospheric CO2 followed increases in temperature. Therefore, CO2 levels could not have forced temperatures to rise."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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Heartland Institute report’s claim that climate models are too sensitive to CO2 does not reflect evidence

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"[climate models] systematically over-estimate the sensitivity of climate to carbon dioxide ... and modelers exclude forcings and feedbacks that run counter to their mission"

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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Heartland Institute report incorrectly claims no evidence of human impacts in melting ice

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"Melting of Arctic sea ice and polar icecaps is not occurring at ‘unnatural’ rates and does not constitute evidence of a human impact on the climate."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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Global sea level rise is accelerating, despite Heartland Institute report’s claims otherwise

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"Best available data show sea-level rise is not accelerating. Local and regional sea levels continue to exhibit typical natural variability—in some places rising and in others falling."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2017

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The Sun cannot explain recent global warming, contrary to what Heartland Institute report claims

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"Solar forcings are not too small to explain twentieth century warming. In fact, their effect could be equal to or greater than the effect of CO2 in the atmosphere."

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter, S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2016

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Climate sensitivity estimate given in Heartland Institute’s report is misleading

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"Doubling the concentration of atmospheric CO2 from its pre-industrial level, in the absence of other forcings and feedbacks, would likely cause a warming of ~0.3°C to 1.1°C"

SOURCE: Craig Idso, Robert Carter and S. Fred Singer, Heartland Institute, 2017

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In CNN interview, William Happer incorrectly claims temperatures don’t match climate model projections

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"The temperature is not rising nearly as fast as the alarmist computer models predicted. You know, it’s much, much less, factors of 2 or 3 less."

SOURCE: William Happer, CNN, 22 April 2017

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In CNN interview, William Happer misleads about the impact of rising carbon dioxide on plant life

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"there's this myth that's developed around carbon dioxide that it's a pollutant […] Carbon dioxide is a perfectly natural gas, it’s just like water vapor, it’s something that plants love."

SOURCE: William Happer, CNN, 22 April 2017

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Boston Globe column claims that climate models have consistently failed based on no evidence

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"Climate projections using models based on it [the water vapor feedback] have consistently failed"

SOURCE: Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe, 14 March 2017

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