• Press Release

    State cannot affect global climate change

    posted December 9, 2006
    RALEIGH – Scientific evidence shows North Carolina can take no steps that would reduce global warming. That’s a key finding in a new John Locke Foundation Spotlight report.
  • Research Report

    Breaking the ‘Hockey Stick’: Global Warming’s Latest Brawl

    posted February 28, 2006 by Dr. Robert C. Balling Jr.
    Evidence from throughout the world shows that the planet was relatively warm 1,000 years ago during the Medieval Warm Period and relatively cold 500 years ago during the Little Ice Age. When the 1°C (1.8°F) of global warming of the past 100 years is considered in the context of climate variability of the last 1,000 years, the recent warming looks quite natural and nothing out of the ordinary. In 2001, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change prominently featured an important graph of northern hemispheric temperatures over the past 1,000 years, and the plot resembled a hockey stick. This same graph was recently highlighted in testimony to the North Carolina Legislative Commission on Climate Change.
  • Press Release

    Scientists’ Spat Shows Warming Uncertainty

    posted February 28, 2006
    RALEIGH – North Carolina’s policymakers want to do something about global warming. They should heed the controversy about the issue among scientists before acting decisively, a climatologist warns. Dr. Robert…
  • Press Release

    Global Warming Panel Lacks Expertise

    posted November 9, 2005
    RALEIGH — The state legislature created the North Carolina Global Warming Commission this year and gave it a mandate to investigate the science and economic impact of climate change, but…
  • Research Report

    Lopsided Commission: North Carolina’s Global Warming Commission Lacks Expertise

    posted November 8, 2005 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The North Carolina Global Warming Commission is tasked with examining the relationship between greenhouse gases and climate change, but only one of its 16 members so far is a climate scientist. It is also supposed to study the economic impact of climate change and policy proposals, but none of its members are economists. Rather than experts, the commissioned is stocked with representatives of environmental pressure groups and particular industries. Such a commission is unlikely to propose reasonable, scientifically sound policies — and far more likely instead to advance their own ideologies and bottom lines.
  • Press Release

    Scientist to Speak Tuesday on Global Warming

    posted July 10, 2005
    RALEIGH – As the North Carolina General Assembly considers a bill to create the South’s first state commission on climate change, a leading expert on the issue will be in…
  • Press Release

    Analyst: Seek Range of Views on Global Warming

    posted July 5, 2005
    RALEIGH – The mission of the General Assembly’s proposed commission on global climate change can best be accomplished by soliciting a wide variety of expert opinions on the science and…
  • Research Report

    Global Warming Policy: NC Should Do Nothing (Update of Spotlight 199)

    posted April 11, 2005 by Dr. Roy Cordato
    The NC General Assembly is considering creating a new commission to develop state policies to combat global warming. But the scientific issues involved are complex and unsettled. If North Carolina were to try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions it would have no meaningful impact on global climate or the health and well-being of North Carolinians. On the other hand it would destroy tens of thousands of jobs. In other words a greenhouse gas reuction policy would have only costs and no benefits.

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