04.24.2017

Richard Lindzen: Some thoughts on the public discourse over climate change.

Introduction: For over 30 years, I have been giving talks on the science of climate change.  When, however, I speak to a non-expert audience, and attempt to explain such matters as climate sensitivity, the relation of global mean temperature anomaly to extreme weather, that warming has decreased profoundly for the past 18 years, etc., it is obvious that the audience’s eyes are glazing over.  Although I have presented evidence as to why the issue is not a catastrophe and may likely be beneficial, the response is puzzlement.  I am typically asked how this is possible.  After all, 97% of scientists agree, several of the hottest years on record have occurred during the past 18 years, all sorts of extremes have become more common, polar bears are disappearing, as is arctic ice, etc.  In brief, there is overwhelming evidence of warming, etc.  I tended to be surprised that anyone could get away with such sophistry or even downright dishonesty, but it is, unfortunately, the case that this was not evident to many of my listeners.  I will try in this brief article to explain why such claims are, in fact, evidence of the dishonesty of the alarmist position. To download this paper, click here: Lindzen: Some thoughts on the public discourse over climate change. NB: You can use the magnification button of your pdf viewer to enlarge the figures. This article was prepared for Merion West.]]>

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