CFACT’s Climate Depot is reporting on a hard-hitting paper by Dr. Richard Lindzen, the renowned MIT climate scientist, which rejects the prevailing global warming narrative by relying on peer-reviewed science published in academic journals.
Dr. Lindzen calls into question the extent to which global temperature corresponds to atmospheric concentration of CO2. He also calls the notion of designating CO2 a “pollutant” ridiculous reiterating the essential role it plays in sustaining life. He points out that, “if we were to remove a bit more than 60% of current CO₂, the consequences would be dire: namely death by starvation for all animal life.”
Dr. Lindzen’s conclusions strike at the very core of the global warming narrative:
This all leaves us with a quasi-religious movement predicated on an absurd ‘scientific’ narrative. The policies invoked on behalf of this movement have led to the US hobbling its energy system (a process that has played a prominent role in causing current inflation), while lifting sanctions for Russia’s Nordstream 2 pipeline, which was designed to bypass the existing pipeline through the Ukraine used to supply Germany. It has caused much of the European Union to ban exploitation of shale gas and other sources of fossil fuel, thus leaving it with much higher energy costs, increased energy poverty, and dependence on Russia, thus markedly reducing its ability to oppose Mr Putin’s aggressions. …
Unless we wake up to the absurdity of the motivating narrative, this is likely only to be the beginning of the disasters that will follow from the current irrational demonization of CO₂. Changing course will be far from a simple task. As President Eisenhower noted in his farewell address in 1961: The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded. Yet, in holding scientific research and discovery in respect, as we should, we must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.
CFACT has known Dr. Lindzen for decades. His work is first rate.
Dr. Lindzen writes with the courage of a man of knowledge and conviction, but also with the courage of a retired academic who need no longer fear professional retaliation.
Let’s hope more academics with the courage to boldly question the dogma afflicting climate science will bravely speak out.
- Craig Rucker
- Craig Rucker is a co-founder of CFACT and currently serves as its president.
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December 8, 2022