Monday, February 23, 2009

Another bad week for climate alarmists

From the Telegraph:

It was another bad week for the "warmists", now more desperate than ever to whip up alarm over an overheating planet. It began last weekend with the BBC leading its bulletins on the news that a "leading climate scientist" in America, Professor Chris Field, had warned that "the severity of global warming over the next century will be much worse than previously believed".

... The puzzle as to why the BBC should make this the main news of the day only deepened when it emerged that Prof Field was not a climate scientist at all but an evolutionary biologist.

... followed on Sunday by yet another outburst from the most extreme of all the scientists crying wolf on global warming, Al Gore's ally Dr James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

... "Coal-fired power plants are factories of death," wrote Hansen, "the trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains". This deliberate echo of the trains carrying Jews to Nazi death camps recalled how the more extreme warmists like to equate sceptics on climate change with "Holocaust deniers".

And on and on ...


Anonymous said...

The warmists continue their panic mongering with about as much credibility as my neighbour's cat.

How about a second proposition?

A number of years ago, back in the dark ages when the threat of a new ice age was the latest rage, I read an article authored by a number of climatologists. Their premise was that warming of the globe was the trigger for the last ice age. They theorized that as the Gulf Stream became warmer it led to increased winter precipitation in Labrador as a result of increased humidity. The accumulation of winter snowfall was of such consequence that it did not melt completely in the summer. The increased albedo from the more extensive snow cover acted as an accelerant to the process and the ice age dawned.

As far as I an concerned this theory is just as credible as that proposed by the nutters crying that the sky is falling. You pays your nickel and you takes your choice of looming catastrophe.

JR said...

Exactly, Powell. There's no shortage of "credible" theories to pick from. Which all points to how little is really known with any certainty. Which in turn confirms the absurdity of saying "the science is settled".