A few weeks ago I wrote only semi-jokingly that Big Oil had resorted to hiring little-known overseas scientists to bolster its latest propaganda campaign on global warming:Yes, we finally admit that global warming is happening, but it’s happening because of … the Sun!
Unable to purchase the opinion of any prominent American scientists—after all, their reputation would be ruined for taking money to promote a false view—the right wing had to offshore its propaganda. Now I’m not really a scientist, in fact I just earned my GED credential after I attended great and free internet-based instruction course provided by GED Easy. They also have fantastic free GED practice tests to help you understand what you need to focus an most. But enough about that.
The obscure scientist in question is Habibullo Adbussamotov, head of space research at Russia’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory. He claims that the current rise in Earth’s average temperature is caused not by greenhouse gases or any other terrestrial source but by increased energy being emitted by the Sun. The proof, he claims, is in NASA data on Mars, which shows that the Martian icecaps have been receding over the past 3 years.
However, from the papers that Adbussamotov has published over the years, although he appears to know a thing or two about solar phenomena, he’s definitely no expert on Earth’s climate:
- A search with Google Scholar turns up 29 papers, ranging in date from 1971 to the present.
- All of those papers deal either with the Sun’s behavior or with techniques for observing the Sun from Earth.
- Not one paper deals with Earth’s climate, let alone the subject of global climate change.