Among my friends, I do not find much of a consensus. Most of us are sceptical and do not pretend to be experts. My impression is that the experts are deluded because they have been studying the details of climate models for 30 years and they come to believe the models are real. After 30 years they lose the ability to think outside the models. And it is normal for experts in a narrow area to think alike and develop a settled dogma. The dogma is sometimes right and sometimes wrong. In astronomy this happens all the time, and it is great fun to see new observations that prove the old dogmas wrong.
Unfortunately things are different in climate science because the arguments have become heavily politicised. To say that the dogmas are wrong has become politically incorrect. As a result, the media generally exaggerate the degree of consensus and also exaggerate the importance of the questions.
On how the great AGW threat is based on nothing more than flawed computer models and unsupported assumptions:
First, the computer models are very good at solving the equations of fluid dynamics but very bad at describing the real world. The real world is full of things like clouds and vegetation and soil and dust which the models describe very poorly. Second, we do not know whether the recent changes in climate are on balance doing more harm than good. The strongest warming is in cold places like Greenland. More people die from cold in winter than die from heat in summer. Third, there are many other causes of climate change besides human activities, as we know from studying the past. Fourth, the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is strongly coupled with other carbon reservoirs in the biosphere, vegetation and top-soil, which are as large or larger. It is misleading to consider only the atmosphere and ocean, as the climate models do, and ignore the other reservoirs. Fifth, the biological effects of CO2 in the atmosphere are beneficial, both to food crops and to natural vegetation. The biological effects are better known and probably more important than the climatic effects. Sixth, summing up the other five reasons, the climate of the earth is an immensely complicated system and nobody is close to understanding it.
We, the awkward squad who stubbornly insist on thinking for ourselves have ben able to enjoy the hysterical 'expert' responses from 'real' climate scientists explaining why this foolish and senile old man has got it all wrong. When another leading American physicist, Prof. Harold Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara the 'science' loving army of crypto nazis pronounced that as Prof Lewis is 85 he cannot possibly know what he is talking about and probably has advanced Alzheimers disease.
These are the same people of course as will shout racist if anybody utters the mildest criticism of Barack Obama, who will say you're homophobic if you suggest that as long as civil partnerships are available the decision on allowing same sex marriages should be left to the Churches and who will pronounce you a young earth creationist if you suggest that there may be a bit more to life than a chemical accident.
As for trying to initiate intelligent discussion about the controversies surrounding certain vaccines, don't even go there if you don't want a Pythonesque Spanish Inquisition to burst into your life and start torturing you. The only good thing about that is being attacked by members of the 'progressive left' is like being savaged by a dead sheep.
Greenpeace stunt backfires. Exposes Green Energy Scam!It's always great to mock the Watermelon when they shoot themselves in the foot but this exapmple of the self interest that underpins their climate science and green energy scams is classic.
Spain dumps clean-energy subsidies; promptly watches the industry go down like a sinking ship
The news that Spain has dumped it's loonytoons green energy policy will surprise few people who have followed the wind turbine scam. Wind power as a source of energy is unreliable and inefficient and it was only in a fit of green socialist insanity Spain's previous government committed that beleagured nation to meeting the bulk of its energy needs from wind and sun powreed generators. The scientists who advised them forgot it oes dark for approximately half the time and the wind blows when it fels like blowing.
High Court Says Government's Green Energy OCD Does Not Override Natural Beauty
he Government feels compelled to boost the amount of energy from renewables as part of climate change targets imposed by Europe because of pledges that have no basis in law that were given by a previous government to the smooth faced unelected bureaucrats, the internationalist Nazis whose agenda aims to create a single European superstate as a stepping stone towards the establishment of ...
Will Warmageddonists Tell Us Where The Missing Heat Is Or Shut The Fuck UpAfter recent revelations from NASA and NOAA that the earth is not warming as quickly as climate scientists mathematical models predict, the Warmageddonist loobby came up with a ridiculous (even by their standards) respose that some of the heat has gone missing. Respected global warming sceptic ...
We Just Got Fooled Again
Climate Change and causes relating to saving the planet are becoming an industry, a gravy train. International bureaucrats fly around the world from meeeting to meeting (and they're all in exotic location) to take party in another feat of windbaggery that will solvle neith global warming, food or water shortage, wildlife species extinction or the growing population.
World Energy Crunch As Oil And Nuclear Go Into Crisis
he worsening crisis for global energy supplies could hardly have come at a worse moment. The epicentre of the world's oil supply is disturbingly close to its insurrection as civil conflict spreads throughout the Gulf States and around the Arab nations thet border the eastern Mediterranea. Nuclear Power had begun to look like a realistic prospect again as sustainables like wind and solar were found ...
Climate Change Act: An Inspired Way To Waste £400 Billion.
As the attempts of the science lobby and government (whose strings are pulled by the New World Order) to force us to believe the hopelessly flawed and totally discredited case for carbon driven global warming here is some clear thinking on the question of climate change.
And While We Are still On The Subject
Well we're not still on the subject, but we were with a couple of consecutive posts last week, Global Warming - Keep It Under Your Hat and Climate Science Why Can't The Met Get It Right? - I'm sure Ian will ...
Oil Shale Salvation
Recent discoveries of huge gas and oil bearing shale deposits in the USA, CAnada, Russia and under Britain's territorial waters as well as off the Falkland Islands and in the Antarctic are raising false hope of an early end to the energy crisis and food price inflation. What is the reality of these new oil and gas reserves, do they really offer the economies of the developed world salvation and a return to business as usual.
Warmageddon: To Feed The Planet We Need More Carbon Dioxide by Ian R Thorpe.
Warmageddonists are always whining about hoe raised levels of CO2 in air will destroy human society. It is very well known however that most animal life can happily breathe much higher concentrations. Another fear is failure of food supplies. But others argue raising CO2 levels would nullify the case for another science sacred cow GM food crops. So wh is right? ...
GM Food Needed To Avert World Food Crisis
The GM Foods Nazis are revving up for a good whine again. Professor Sir John Beddington said there was no scientific qick fix to the ''enormously serious'' problem of producing enough fod to feed the world's rapidly growing population in the future as we face problems such as climate change, population growth and energy shortages. He told BBC Breakfast News: ''If there are genetically modified (GM) organisms that actually ...
Climate Change Laughing Gas
Geoffery Lean: We know it as “laughing gas”, but it is getting beyond a joke. Nitrous oxide is reckoned to be the third most important greenhouse gas contributing to global warming after carbon dioxide and methane. And now “startling” new evidence of an overlooked source of it has just been published by by US scientists – providing further ...
The Lorax by Dr Seuss A 1971 paper by Dr. T.S. Geisel that explains in simple terms how the environment became so screwed up. Even the AGW Nazis and the climate science cultists and the Carbonistas should be able to understand this one. It's about the big picture.
Batteries Not Included
"Batteries not inclded" The dreaded words on the boxes of toys bought for Christmas presents. At first sight of those words Dad knew that stuffed with turkey, roasties and duff he was in for a trek round the destered streets on Chistmas day to find an open all hours. Now as governments and sciencyheads and green, three hugging weirdie - beardies whose love of science and the environment is more to do with religious zeal than reason and logic we are starting to the that the words "batteries not included will be even mkore terrifying when see in the small priint of the contract we have just signed for a new electric car.
Climate Change Whitewash.
The climate science scandals such as climategate and the IPCC's dishonesty about the likely effects of certain trends was always predicatable. Climate science was always too tightly entwined with politics, power and big money. It has however led to the exposure of a deep and very nasty streak of dishonesty running through the entire academic community in the sciences.
Cancun Climate Conference: Gordon Brown Got It Wrong
John Prescott says Gordon Brown made a wrong judgement by trying to force the world into a climate change deal too early.
The former deputy prime minister said the chaos at last year’s climate change talks in Copenhagen was caused by the then Prime Minister trying to force the world into a deal.
Cancun Climate Conference Will Ignore Big Questions
This years international conferrence on climate change is taking place in Cancun, Mexico this week. Will it be any more successful that last years fiasco in Copenhagen? Unlikely unless the politicians grpw some balls, kill the scientists, sideline the limp wristed politically correct wimp Obama and face up to the read causes of climate problems which all come back to one thing, TOO MANY PEOPLE.
Climate Scientists And The Honesty Question
As the world's media turns its attention to the latest shenanigans of world leaders and climate scientists in Cancun, Mexico, The Daily Stirrer's Ian R Thorpe invites us to look at the basic homesty of the carbon trading industry. In the run up to Cancun there has been a flurry of activity in the climate science community, including contributions from those discredited crooks and liars the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit trying to push the old line that people who see through the climate science scam "are not scientists and therefore cannot understand the science. Should we take any notice of people who have demonstrated they have serious integrity issues...
Coal Fired Power Stations Win Reprieve
In what looks like a u-turn on green energy policy the coalition government have abandoned plans to support and subsidiese operators of sustainable energy generating plants. While environment activists and green campaigners are calling this a betrayal the case may well be that in the harsh reality of governing claims made by green energy firms look totally unrealistic ...
Climate Change: Green Energy Meltdown .
As the climate science fraud and the case it made that carbon emissions were the sole cause of global warming and carbon taxes, trading in carbon allowances green energy technologies that belonged in science fiction novels were the way to power the future and save the planet comes unravelled: as the great green energy experiments of Denmark and Spain leave those nations shivering in the dark as power supplies fail and subsidies to green generators bankrupt national economies we look at the real state of the climate crisis.
Eminent U.S. Pysicist Pulversises Climate Science Scammers
In another blow to the climate change alarmists an eminent US Physicist has denounced the whole climate science academic community as motivated by self interest and the pursuit of wealth and glory and the anthropogenic global warming scare as the greatest and most successful scam he has seen in his long life.
Rising Seas Not Down To Global Warming
A new study shows that global warming is not the only cause of swelling seas. Much comes from "water mining" – the pumping of vast amounts of groundwater from beneath the earth, mainly to irrigate crops. This inevitably ends up in the oceans after it evaporates from farmland and comes down as rain. The study which will be published in the next issue issue of Geophysics Research Letters – estimates that extraction of ground water for domestic and industrial use accounts for about 25% of sea-level rise around the world, the same as the melting ice from the glaciers outside Greenland and Antarctica.
How Our Creature Comforts Are Baking The World
As the arguments rage on between the Climate Science Wankers lobby and the sceptis, realists and out and out deniers we observe that still nobody who gets media coverage, nobody who is talking sense about climate chaos, carbon based fuels, deforestation or over population is really being heard. Quite simply there are too many of us and we want too much. Who needs science or politics to understand that?
Climate Change Sacred Cows
Many people have accused the climate science community of trying to turn climate change science into a religion. The demands that climate change denial be made a crime like Holocaust denial certainly lends weight to this. But 'denial' (or scepticim to be accurate - few people deny we have problems with our climate, what is being questioned is the climate science religionists fixation on carbon driven anthropogenic global warming) is healthy as is questioning the other sacred cows of the climate change cult, wind power ...
Climate Change Crooks And Liars
Though climate change alarmists claim that that "the science is settled" no longerr holds water the arguments rage on. If anything they are getting more heated as the climate science lobby, knocked from the moral high grounds show their true colours. But more and more evidence is showing the climate change science was never settyled and the global warming Armageddonists had built their whole case on very flimsy evidence.
Climate Science Debunked By Science Superstar Max Planck.
One of the lies most often repeated by the Climate Science lobby is that 'the science stands' i.e. that no fault was found in the scientific work of the CRU. This is both true and a lie, true in that no fault was found, a lie because the reason no fault was found is that to examine the scientific work was outside the Russell panel's terms of reference. This report features the Max Planck Institute's take on climate science and the IPCC.
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