9-22-14 – The Middlebury “Climate Conversation”

Posted by John McClaughry

                One of the features speakers at Bill McKibben’s “Peoples Climate Mobilization” rally in Middlebury last week was Middlebury physics professor Richard Wolfson. He presented the UN IPCC’s  recent climate change report  as the gospel truth. It offered a parade of horrible outcomes stemming from people emitting carbon dioxide.

The further the IPCC’s computer programs project global temperature increase, the less those rigged projections correspond to the actual measured temperatures. That didn’t deter Wolfson, who recited the litany of melting sea ice, acidifying oceans, a 3.6 degree Fahrenheit global temperature rise over some unspecified number of future decades, and so on. The strange thing is that the more the computer projections fail, the more IPCC declares it is more likely that they were correct. What’s wrong with this picture?

But I will give Wolfson some credit. He told the alarmist crowd that it’s important not to be alarmists. Good luck with that! He said there’s no firm evidence linking extreme weather to human activities, and it’s not clear that the Antarctic ice sheet is actually losing mass. He blames the current hiatus in temperature rise on the changing energy output of the sun.

“Much of what we know is rock solid,” Wolfson said. But what is not rock solid, or even mush solid, is the climate’s sensitivity to a doubling of carbon dioxide. When he comes up with experimental data to determine that, he’ll be a hero.

John McClaughry is vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute

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Jim Bulmer September 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

How about if these idiots stop breathing, we can make a significant reduction in the emissions of carbon dioxide?

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