Thursday, July 03, 2014

Where The Governors Stand On Global Climate Change

This handy map (from the good folks over at Think Progress) shows where the governors of all the states stand on global climate change (commonly called global warming). The states in green accept the climate science and are trying to do what they can to help. The states in orange accept the climate science, but have a mixed record on trying to better the situation. The states in red have a governor who is not on record with the climate science or is not taking significant action to fix the climate. And the states in red with black lines are where the governors are climate-deniers and are opposing any action to cure climate change.

While this map shows the positions taken by states (and not the federal government), it gives us a big clue as to why efforts to fight global climate change in the United States is so difficult. Only a handful of states accept the science, and are willing to help the federal government fight global warming.


  1. Discovering that CO2 change and therefore human activity does not cause global warming is a start. But this leaves the question of what actually does drive average global temperature change.

    Two primary drivers of average global temperature have been identified. They very accurately explain the reported up and down measurements since before 1900 with R2>0.9 (correlation coefficient = 0.95) and provide credible estimates back to the low temperatures of the Little Ice Age (1610).

    The influence of CO2 change is insignificant.
    Coefficient of determination, R2 = 0.9049 considering only sunspots and ocean cycles.
    R2 = 0.9061 considering sunspots, ocean cycles and CO2 change.

    The calculations use data since before 1900 which are publicly available.

    The coefficients of determination are a measure of how accurately the calculated average global temperatures compare with measured.

    Everything not explicitly considered (such as the 0.09 K s.d. random uncertainty in reported annual measured temperature anomalies, aerosols, CO2, other non-condensing ghg, volcanoes, ice change, etc.) must find room in the unexplained 9.51%.

    The tiny difference in R2, whether considering CO2 or not, demonstrates that CO2 change has no significant effect on climate.

    The method, equation and data sources are provided at and references.


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