Table of Contents: A Layman's Guide to Anthropogenic (Man-Made) Global Warming

The purpose of this paper is to provide a layman's critique
of the Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory, and in particular to
challenge the fairly widespread notion that the science and projected
consequences of AGW currently justify massive spending and government
intervention into the world's economies.  This paper will show that
despite good evidence that global temperatures are rising and that CO2 can act
as a greenhouse gas and help to warm the Earth, we are a long way from
attributing all or much of current warming to man-made CO2.  We are even
further away from being able to accurately project man's impact on future
climate, and it is a very debatable question whether interventions today to
reduce CO2 emissions will substantially improve the world 50 or 100 years from

Update:  If you would like to start with the 60-second version of this long paper, try here first.

Note you may click on any of the chapter links below to see the full chapter in HTML, or see below for links to free pdf versions available for download.

. 4Table of
Contents for A Layman's Guide to Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)

. 5Chapter 1:
Summary of Global Warming Skeptics Position

. 7Chapter
2:  Is It OK to be a Global Warming Skeptic?

  • Charges of Bias
  • The Climate Trojan Horse
  • The Need to Exaggerate

. 13Chapter 3:
The Basics of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) Theory

. 16Chapter
4:  The Historical Evidence for Man-Made Global Warming


  • The long view (650,000 years)
  • The medium view (1000 years)
  • The short view (100 years)
  • Sulfates, Aerosols and Dimming
  • The troposphere and Urban heat islands
  • Using Computer Models to Explain the Past

. 34Chapter
5:  The Climate Computer Models and Predicting Future Temperatures

. 35

  • The Dangers in Modeling Complex Systems
  • Do Model Outputs Constitute Scientific Proof?
  • Econometrics and CO2 Forecasts
  • Climate Sensitivity and the Role of Positive Feedbacks
  • Climate Models have to be Aggressively Tweaked to Match History 

. 45Chapter
6:  Alternate Explanations and Models for Global Warming

. 45

  • Solar Irradiance
  • Cosmic Rays
  • Man's Land Use 

. 52Chapter
7:  The Effects of Global Warming

. 52

  • Why only bad stuff?
  • Ice melting / Oceans Rising
  • Hurricanes & Tornadoes
  • Temperature Extremes
  • Extinction and Disease
  • Collapse of the Gulf Stream and Freezing of Europe
  • Non-warming Effects of CO2

. 64Chapter
8:  Kyoto and Climate Change Policy Alternatives

. 64

  • Kyoto
  • Cost of the Solutions vs. the Benefits:  Why Warmer but Richer may be Better than Colder and Pooer

Chapter 9:
Rebuttals by Man-Made Global Warming Theory Supporters

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