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Mother Nature, not man, plays powerful role in climate

Published: December 29, 2012

Regarding “Reality puts international climate group in a pickle” (Washington Times, Dec. 21): From the first time I heard of global warming, I've contended that man hasn't caused it — in spite of all the claims by organizations, the liberal media and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In a statement, The IPCC confirmed the authenticity of a leaked draft of the forthcoming Fifth Assessment Report on climate. Skeptics seized upon a chart forecasting that temperatures would rise fast, reaching alarming levels by 2010. The mercury refused to cooperate with the warming hypothesis that year; in 2012, the temperatures also were frostier than assumptions in each of the groups' four previous reports.

A sensible explanation is that Mother Nature has been playing a more powerful role in determining the weather than some would care to admit. One organization says improper placement of weather stations resulted in the temperature increase being overstated by 92 percent, and the last thing government officials want to hear is that the planet isn't actually warming.

Jim Nieman, Oklahoma City

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