A radically different view of global warming science has emerged in recent years contrary to the shrill gloom-and-doom projections that are so popular in Washington and elsewhere. In the new book Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know, Cato scholar and University of Virginia scientist Patrick Michaels explains this consistent alternative view of climate change, which has arisen in the peer-reviewed scientific literature yet receives little public attention. Why, for example, have the last 12 years shown no net surface warming? What does this say about projections from the United Nations- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change? What’s the relationship between hurricanes and global warming? Are editors who issue dramatic projections rewarded over those who publish findings of more moderate impacts? Michaels will demonstrate evidence for modest climate change impacts and propose that we continue our adaptation to these changes. Comments by Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will follow.
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