Getting a grip on global warming

Dr. Lindzen tries to clarify the climate change controversy in the Opinion Journal column Don’t Believe the Hype. Al Gore is wrong. There’s no “consensus” on global warming.

Given that we do not understand the natural internal variability of climate change, this task [to claim that the theoretically expected contribution from additional carbon dioxide has actually been detected] is currently impossible. Nevertheless there has been a persistent effort to suggest otherwise, and with surprising impact.

So what, then, is one to make of this alleged debate? I would suggest at least three points.

First, nonscientists generally do not want to bother with understanding the science. Claims of consensus relieve policy types, environmental advocates and politicians of any need to do so. Such claims also serve to intimidate the public and even scientists–especially those outside the area of climate dynamics. Secondly, given that the question of human attribution largely cannot be resolved, its use in promoting visions of disaster constitutes nothing so much as a bait-and-switch scam. That is an inauspicious beginning to what Mr. Gore claims is not a political issue but a “moral” crusade.

Lastly, there is a clear attempt to establish truth not by scientific methods but by perpetual repetition. An earlier attempt at this was accompanied by tragedy. Perhaps Marx was right. This time around we may have farce–if we’re lucky.

In his column you can find out what the current consensus really is and how it is being misrepresented and the tactics used to create a false consensus. This also brings up another science issue from another field: why are people like Mr. Gore so predisposed towards alarmism that they build such castles in the sky so lacking in intellectual integrity?

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