Hurricane forecaster: Oceans, not CO2, cause global warming


The Mohave Daily News – April 30, 2007

Dr. Gray is one of the most quoted scientists out there proclaiming that some climatologists have made a mistake that we are approaching a tipping point for dramatic climate change. Some people then automatically label him as a nut or a kook but that is unfair. This man has spent his lifetime studying violent weather and for years was considered to be among the foremost scientists on that issue. Many still give him that honor.

Dr. Gray is saying that it is ocean currents that are changing the temperature in the atmosphere and that we are on the verge of a reversal that would leave the weather cooler. This flies in the face of many other theories and for that reason we need to listen to what this man has to say, understand it, and see if it makes sense.

Hurricane forecaster William Gray said Friday that global ocean currents, not human-produced carbon dioxide, are responsible for global warming, and the Earth may begin to cool on its own in five to 10 years.

…had harsh words for researchers and politicians who say man-made greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. ‘‘They’re blaming it all on humans, which is crazy,” he said. ‘‘We’re not the cause of it.”

Gray complained that politics and research into global warming have created ‘‘almost an industry” that has unfairly frightened the public and overwhelmed dissenting voices.

He said research arguing that humans are causing global warming is ‘‘mush” based on unreliable computer models that cannot possibly take into account the hundreds of factors that influence the weather.

Gray said ocean circulation patterns are behind a decades-long warming cycle. He has argued previously that the strength of these patterns can affect how much cold water rises to the surface, which in turn affects how warm or cold the atmosphere is.

He also disputed assertions that greenhouse gases could raise global temperatures as much as some scientists predict. ‘‘There’s no way that doubling CO2 is going to cause that amount of warming,” he said.

Gray said warming and cooling trends cannot go on indefinitely and that he believes temperatures are beginning to level out after a very warm year in 1998. ‘‘We’re going to begin to see some cooling,” he said.

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2 thoughts on “Hurricane forecaster: Oceans, not CO2, cause global warming”

  1. Scott says:

    Okay, this’ a new one for me. So what are the various competing/complementary theories as to the cause of global warming?

    Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, solar fluctuations, cosmic rays, ocean currents, or other factors (do you know any more?).

    To me, it seems pretty straightforward with several competing theories – whichever makes predictions that turn out to be true are likely to be correct. Whereas theories which make predictions that fail must be wrong.

    However, due in a large part to the perceived urgency of the threat of global warming (thanks a lot to manipulation of public panic) the greenhouse gases theory has already been accepted as fact and the other theories thrown out the window. Never mind that ocean currents and solar fluctuations could at least contribute to global warming, even if they are not the main cause of it.

    And whatever happens in the next century, the proponents of reducing greenhouse gas emissions have got themselves covered: 0 liability, accountability and responsibility if they turn out to be wrong.

  2. Brian says:

    Interesting discussion on global warming and the deniers, not too long but didn’t want to just post the whole thing.

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