COEUR d'ALENE - World-famous aircraft designer and North Idaho resident Burt Rutan looked at climate data and found deception - even fraud - behind the assertions of global-warming alarmists intent on implementing a world-wide climate fix that could bring about economic chaos.
Rutan found there was an enormous amount of data available to the researcher who might want to question these findings: thermometer measurements, ice cores, pine-cone and tree-ring proxies, thousands of different sources of data.
"Are they being ethical with the use of this data?" he asked. "You can cherry pick data."
Rutan started his career working as a civilian flight test engineer for the U.S. Air Force where there was no room for error in interpreting data - all the data. Later he found that some homebuilt aircraft kit builders were knowingly using bad data to sell their products, which gave him a healthy skepticism.
Propagandists know that if a lie is big enough and told often enough, it will then come to be seen as the truth. Al Gore's charge that human-caused global warming was leading to imminent cataclysmic climate changes spelling the end to life as we know it, fueled fears worldwide and helped to justify a second U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janero on June 20-22 to impose crippling carbon-use taxes on mostly first-world nations.
"If you want something to be, maybe a theory that you've modeled in a computer, you can 'prove it' with data and you can convince anybody who doesn't really look at all the data," Rutan said. "It's really easy to convince somebody that this is true and I found out real early that it's not true.
"I found out immediately that they weren't being ethical."
If someone is aggressively selling a product, whether airplanes or carbon credits, based on complex experimental data, he is likely lying, Rutan contended.
In November 2009 when Great Britain's University of East Anglia revealed emails exposing a pattern of deception and collusion between scientists propagating the global warming myth. Earlier that year in July, Rutan had unveiled his 96-page PowerPoint report questioning Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) theory to attendees of the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture fly-in and airshow in Oshkosh, Wis. The unorthodox presentation may have come as a surprise to some aviation enthusiasts but not the truthfulness of Rutan's inquiry once he had trained his microscope on the global question of the century.
"The amount of CO2 that we add to the atmosphere by our emissions is minuscule and it's tiny compared to the amount of CO2 that used to be in the atmosphere," he said.
Earth had six to eight times as much CO2 in the atmosphere when dinosaurs roamed. That period also held the greatest diversity of species ever and the earth was green from pole to pole with no deserts.
"If you want a green planet, then you want our air to be like your green house where you pump CO2 into it," he said. "CO2 is not a pollutant, it is the essence of life for plants."
Within the last several million years, earth's atmosphere got down to only about 180 parts per million (PPM) of CO2. That was a severe threat, since below 150 PPM, all plants die. Now, we are being told we are at risk of catastrophe because we have a small increase of plant food in our atmosphere, even though the increase is beneficial.
Rutan also found that we are currently at what could be the tail end of an unusually long and stable 11,000-year warm period between ice ages, which occurs every 80 to 100 thousand years.
"The recent previous warm periods were brief," he said. "And they were all hotter than now."
It is during these warm periods when all the planet's species proliferated but it's during the ice ages when they die.
"Who is to say that the temperature is perfect and we've got to hold it right here?" he queried. "Our ability to feed the population will improve if the planet is warmer than present."
But then Rutan found out that the climate alarmists were even messing with the data that shows that we are warming.
Rutan admits he's not a climate scientist and doesn't know the science that was used for these predictive models, but he does know a lot about processing data and plotting it to inform and he knows it can easily be plotted to deceive.
For example, the famous hockey stick graph predicting unprecedented, drastic global warming leaves out the much warmer Medieval Warm Period (600-1100 a.d.) and the Little Ice Age (1450-1780 a.d.) temperature variations.
Data also showed him that historically high periods of CO2 didn't 'cause' global warming, rather CO2 elevations followed warming by around 500 to 800 years.
"And then I got mad," he said. "Nobody's doing anything about this."
Actually some were, but because the government got scared it started pumping funding toward anyone who said he was working on global warming Rutan said.
Worldwide funding for climate research increased by a factor of more than 30 since the early 1990s, all of the increase was driven by the false fear of climate disaster, Rutan said. The people who were really manipulating data falsely were rather small in number, Rutan found.
"The 2,500 scientists from IPCC do not support the predictions of catastrophe," he said. "That is not a consensus at all, and never was."
The actual 'consensus' is that nearly all scientists agree that the planet has warmed in the last 50 years and that at least some of that warming was due to human emissions. Only a tiny faction - acting out of greed - showed that the warming was dangerous and that stopping human CO2 emissions was a critical need, he said. Now, after 15 years of no global warming while human CO2 emissions continue to increase, there is no consensus that we risk catastrophe.
IPCC is the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change established by two United Nations organizations in 1988. That was just four years before the first Rio Conference in 1992 when Agenda 21 was formulated.
Rutan thought he could use his findings to convince some global warming alarmists online but instead he was personally attacked with brutal name calling.
"I found out real quickly that with these people, it's their livelihood and it's like a religion to them," he said. "They don't look at the facts.
"They call us deniers and it's them that are denying the data."
He found every one of the global warming alarmists' computer projections have been wrong.
Because he has had some serious heart problems, Rutan decided he would forgo any of the political battles that will be necessary to turn the tide of efforts to change global weather. He makes his findings available to anyone who wants to pick up the ball, whether Rutan gets credit or not.
"I put it out there just because I think it's the right thing to do," he said. "I have no financial interest in this at all."