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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Breaking: Richard Lindzen No Longer a Catastrophic Global Warming Sceptic!

Well, sort of:
"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. Quite the contrary, the failure to improve the case over 20 years makes the case even less plausible as does the evidence from climategate and other instances of overt cheating." Richard S. Lindzen, 22-Feb-2012, "Reconsidering the Climate Change Act - Global Warming: How to approach the science", Seminar at the House of Common Committee Rooms, Westminster, London
This latest presentation is an excellent version of his ever improving spiel about why it is very unlikely that the climate is anywhere near as sensitive to changes in carbon dioxide as climate alarmists would like you to believe.

2 comments:

Hey Skipper said...

It was well worth my time to read it.

You'd think the perennially not quite here parade of horribles would be enough to raise some doubt.

Unfortunately, religions are much more resilient than that.

Bret said...

What I like about Lindzen (and also Roy Spencer) is that he clearly shows that pretty much all of the actual real world data supports much lower climate sensitivities (which are inherently non-catastrophic) than the models. And pretty much no modern actual data supports higher climate sensitivities.

I've stated before that common sense dictates a stable climate or billions of years of evolution leading to this conversation couldn't have happened. As a result, I rather liked the way Lindzen put that: "The feedback factor is almost certainly not a true constant since cloud radiative properties depend on aerosols and cosmic rays among other things. If climate sensitivity is currently large, it is unlikely that over the 4.5 billion years of the Earth’s history that it would not have exceeded one, and then we would not be here discussing this."

Unless somehow the climate gods intevened. But then, that's just religion.