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Record Low Temps Validate Growing Consensus Against Man-Made Global Warming

January 14, 2009

NCPA Expert Says Evidence Continues to Dispel Climate Myths

DALLAS (Jan. 13, 2009) - This winter's record low temperatures and snowfall are one more indicator that recent global warming is likely not a result of man-made activities but of the natural ebb and flow of temperatures, according to NCPA Senior Fellow H. Sterling Burnett.

"The rhetoric has been that human activities are causing the earth to warm, ice caps to melt, and hurricanes to get more destructive," Burnett said, "but the evidence increasingly shows that is not true."

Burnett noted, for example, that International Falls, Minnesota - the coldest location in the continental United States - just today set a new record low temperature of minus 40 degrees and snowfall records have recently been set in 63 U.S. locations.

"Contrary to what all the climate models have predicted, over the past decade the global average temperature has fallen to its lowest levels in 30 years," Burnett added. He also noted that after two years of ice-cap melting in the Arctic, an abrupt turnaround occurred in 2008, with ice forming at a record pace. And he said more and more scientists are paying attention to the evidence and rejecting the link between human actions and the recent warming trend.

"The wheels are falling off the global-warming bandwagon," Burnett said. "While climate action boosters continue to call for politicians to ignore reality -- even in the face of mounting contrary evidence against catastrophic warming - scientists, the public and politicians are wising up."

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