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Global Warming - Real or faked?

In most places, human induced global warming/climate change due to CO2 emissions is taken as truth simply because people hear about it so much. The Kyoto Protocol and other such agreements are examples of that. But I am skeptical, for a couple of reasons: one, why is there so little true transparency globally on this issue? In my country New Zealand, we have recently implemented an Emissions Trading Scheme, the details of which are classified information - so all we know is roughly how it is supposed to work, and that we have an extra tax to pay.
And two - the percentage of CO2 we emit is so small compared to volcanoes etc...what is wrong with letting nature do what nature does?

I would love to hear what you think, I have absolutely no answers, but of course an opinion! :)

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    Jul 11 2013: Thanks everybody for their comments! Now, as if the debate wasn't heated enough :)
    Has anyone heard of Christopher Monckton? He claims:
    - there has been no global warming for nearly two decades.
    - a doubling of CO2 in the atmosphere will cause a 1.5 degree celsius global increase
    - if global warming is real, the cost of adaptation to the increases will be 45 times less than the cost of forestalling it using measures currently in place
    He also says he intends to take the IPCC to court over data tampering.

    I am interested in what anyone has to say that hasn't already been said in the wikipedia page. Eg. has anyone seen any of his debates, read his papers or the papers rebutting them, etc?
    One more thing: Science is not based on consensus, it is based on theories that are supported by evidence.
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        Jul 12 2013: I apologise, I was not very clear. What I was trying to say was that I did not want comments merely citing wikipedia as a basis for their arguments, as sometimes happens on TED. My source was not wikipedia, is was a conference I attended at which Christopher Monckton spoke.

        It seems that you are basing your analysis of him on the very source I was trying to avoid.
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        Jul 12 2013: I appreciate your opinion, however I would prefer it if you researched your comments before you post. The aim of this debate is of course to state opinions, but also to try and persuade the opposition, which of course will not happen by unwarranted personal attacks on climate critics unsupported by evidence.

        In response to your earlier comment: " who the hell cares what a politician thinks..." I would like to ask you what Al Gore's profession was before he became an expert on global warming.

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