Nasa reported in 2007 that the 5 top warmest years were 1998, 1934, 2006, 1921 and 1931. Since then they’ve juggled the data twice but the top three are statistically still the same. Three of the top 3 were 80 years ago, well before the CO2 levels had risen to their present level. Temporality does not imply causality but you’ve got to wonder. NASA has been dragging their feet in providing its data to the public (wonder on whose orders).
While the UN’s 2001 graphs show the Medieval Warm Period or the Little Ice Age, the graphs they have done since then show those periods to have disappeared. They also show that CO@ lags behind rises in temperature, for the last 110 years, which are the only years we have records for. There’s no doubt that CO2 levels have risen markedly in recent years (still at levels far lower than the Earth has experienced in the past – without runaway global warming). CO2 is a trace gas in the atmosphere. Water vapor molecules absorb heat energy from sunlight six times better and there are 200 times as many of them for a net 1200X effect. Water vapor is responsible for 99.99% of all atmospheric heating. Normal understanding of physics should make it obvious that the CO2 effect is insignificant in comparison.
Why is the EPA focusing on the insignificant emission of CO@ instead of the significant water vapor generation? Cars generate way more water vapor than they do CO2. So do all methods of burning anything to generate energy. This is like the Goreites focusing on Cap and Trade and regulating CO2 from industries instead of meat consumption when the CO2 released due to meat consumption easily surpasses the CO2 released by all of the transportation and industry combined. Big Al likes his steak, Tofu for you