Peter Lizdas: Hanson is wrong

April 15, 2013 

Hanson is wrong

Let me zero in on one assertion Victor Davis Hanson made recently in his article -- which he's made before -- that global warming/climate change is not real, and that global temperatures have not gone up over the past 15 years, even as CO2 in the air has increased.

According to data collected by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration -- a U.S. government entity, which employs actual scientists, not politicians, or political commentators -- the decade of 2001 to 2010 was the warmest on record, since thermometer-based observations began, and average global surface temperature has increased at an average rate of 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1901 -- which reflects a highly positive correlation with increasing CO2 levels in the atmosphere over that period.

Hanson can say it ain't so -- but he's just dead wrong, based on the science.

PETER LIZDAS

Merced

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