On June 10, a U-B front-pager read, “Pollution on a ‘dangerous trajectory’” citing an International Energy Agency report that mirrored typical apocalyptic human-caused climate change nonsense as often dispensed by the (also politically-motivated) UN/IPCC.
In it, IEA chief economist Fatih Birol declared that global human emissions of carbon dioxide from energy use will increase temperatures as much as 9 degrees Fahrenheit — “a disaster for all countries.”
On May 24, Denny Sedam in a letter to the editor (What if climate change really is bad?) criticized Gary Troyer’s excellent letter (Government grants do harm to science, May 10), saying “the real scientific community overwhelmingly believe (climate change) is primarily caused by human activities” and “although it can’t be proven, this is what the evidence shows.”
What evidence? There’s no evidence. That’s exactly why human-caused climate change or global warming can’t be proven!
Richard S. Lindzen is a “real” scientist. In fact, one of the most distinguished climate scientists in the world.
A Ph.D in applied mathematics from Harvard and past professor there and at the University of Chicago, he is Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, member of the National Academy of Sciences, member of the National Research Council Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate. He is also consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and distinguished visiting scientist at Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Lab. He is a recipient of the American Meteorological Society’s Meisinger and Charney Awards and American Geophysical Union’s Macelwane Medal. He’s authored or co-authored over 200 scholarly papers and books.
Lindzen argued in a Wall Street Journal article titled “Climate of Fear” that “It isn’t just that the alarmists are trumpeting model results that we know must be wrong. It is that they are trumpeting catastrophes that couldn’t happen even if the models were right.”
Anyone who believes human CO2 emissions affect climate should read Lindzen’s November 17, 2010, testimony at a hearing of the House Subcommittee on Science and Technology, “A Rational Discussion of Climate Change: the Science, the Evidence, the Response.”
Lindzen writes, “Perhaps we should stop accepting the term, ‘skeptic.’ Skepticism implies doubts about a plausible proposition. Current global warming alarm hardly represents a plausible proposition. Twenty years of repetition and escalation of claims does not make it more plausible.”
Nor does evidence from Climategate and other instances of overt cheating.