Hi all. I've been lurking here for several years, enjoying the discussions. I posed the following question recently on another website during a heated discussion on global warming et al.
Are there any studies which conclude that CO2 levels are a leading indicator of temperature changes?
I am not a "denier" as it seems like there is enough evidence that recent global temperatures have been increasing at a rate that is a bit out of the ordinary given our historical knowledge of global temperatures. Have we as a species emitted lots of CO2 and other gases beyond what nature normally produces? Of course. Has it been enough to impact the environment? That is where I am on the fence. If someone could show me an authoritative scientific study that concludes that CO2 is a leading predictor of temperature, I'll be ready to start listening to other aspects of this issue such as cost/benefit of remedial actions. Right now, I liken this problem to someone telling me I need to spend $10,000 for a vaccine for a disease that I am not at risk for. Prove to me that I am at risk (i.e. our carbon emmissions are causing this), then I'll consider the cost / benefit of the cure.
That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence- Christopher Hitchins