The science is settled
Mr Obama begins by saying that "the science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear". "Sea levels," he claims, "are rising, coastlines are shrinking, we've seen record drought, spreading famine and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season."
Far from the science being "beyond dispute", we can only deduce from this that Mr Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore's wondrously batty film An Inconvenient Truth without bothering to check the facts. Each of these four statements is so wildly at odds with the truth that on this score alone we should be seriously worried.
I think we can safely surmise that Obama used the strongest "facts" he could find in his speech and this ties in with some research I have been doing. The CAGW case seems to rest on five pillars.
The recent rate and level of global warmth is unprecedented.
This correlates and is caused by the human caused rise in CO2.
The climate system is unstable and is close to a tipping point.
The effects of global warming are a clear and present danger, and are distinguishable from natural climatic variations.
The science is settled and only the wicked and corrupt would deny it.
Can anyone point me to a single bit of evidence to support any one of those propositions that can not easily be found to either be debunked or seriously put in question. It is a serious request, because I'm getting bored of the whole subject of CAGW, there doesn't seem to be any battles to be fought there anymore on the science. The battle has moved on to how to persuade people that they are being sold a lie, a dangerous costly lie at that.