Sunday, February 20, 2005

Dept. of the Screamingly Obvious - Global Warming is Real

Reuters reports that (gasp) the earth is getting warmer and that (GASP!) human activity is the reason.

New computer models that look at ocean temperatures instead of the atmosphere show the clearest signal yet that global warming is well underway, said Tim Barnett of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Speaking at an annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Barnett said climate models based on air temperatures are weak because most of the evidence for global warming is not even there.

"The real place to look is in the ocean," Barnett told a news conference.

His team used millions of temperature readings made by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to calculate steady ocean warming.

"The debate over whether or not there is a global warming signal is now over, at least for rational people," he said (emphasis added).

There, of course, is the rub. Rush Limbaugh will continue to insist that THERE - IS - NO - GLOBAL - WARMING! And, President Bush simply will dismiss the findings as "junk science." The American people, who don't want to believe that a problem of this magnitude could exist, will choose to believe the happy talk.

Sweet dreams.