Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Goracle

Al Gore - The "Goracle" - the know it all of climate on earth. He knows all the millions of bits of data points about the incredibly difficult science of climate to proclaim with certainty that there is global warming. Forget the fact that there is in fact a cooling of the planet that has been going on for a few years. But scientists are starting to fight back against this oracle ex-vice President.

"Physics professor William Happer GS ’64 has some tough words for scientists who believe that carbon dioxide is causing global warming.

"“This is George Orwell. This is the ‘Germans are the master race. The Jews are the scum of the earth.’ It’s that kind of propaganda,” Happer, the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, said in an interview. “Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult.” (Daily Princetonian).

"...Happer said he is dismayed by the politicization of the issue and believes the community of climate change scientists has become a veritable “religious cult,” noting that nobody understands or questions any of the science.

"He noted in an interview that in the past decade, despite what he called “alarmist” claims, there has not only not been warming, there has in fact been global cooling. He added that climate change scientists are unable to use models to either predict the future or accurately model past events.

"...The problem does not in fact exist, he said, and society should not sacrifice for nothing.

“I think science is one of the great triumphs of humankind, and I hate to see it dragged through the mud in an episode like this.”

1 comment:

JEDIREX said...

A bright mind like yours should question any loud voices that point their fingers at liars but speak no truth themselves.
1. Do you truly believe that industry should have no regulation or oversight?
2. Do you believe that pollution is an urban legend?
3. Don't you find it interesting that for all of this talk of propaganda by people like Professor Lindzen, the "there is no global warming" movement can provide NO imperical data supporting their own claims?

The only positive thing these groups are doing is shining a light on sloppy knee jerk science. Bravo. However, pretending that floods, hurricanes, melting polar ice caps, increases to the sea level, and dramatic shifts in the annual position of the seasons are phenomena not influenced by human behavior is equally sloppy and dangerous. Anyone who mocks those that study nature and the environment is a fool to be avoided whenever necessary. Is there hysteria out there? Absolutely. Does that mean that no problems exist? Absolutely not.
On a different subject is there a reason you align your beliefs so closely with the Republican party? Do you really believe that the Republican party is riddled with fewer parasites than the Democratic party? Being pro-industry does not have to marry you to the far right. Look at the anti-poverty movement supported by madmen like Huckabee and you will be staring into the empty black heart of the conservative movement. Parasites exist everywhere, and in every ideology. My unsolicited advice? Stay objective and beware the agendas of any humans who stand on soapboxes.