Monday, April 09, 2007

Al Gore’s

Window on becoming President is closing. His signature (and only) issue, promotion of the Church of Global Warming, may have passed it’s sell-by date.

When Newsweek starts to publish skeptical MIT professors, the relentlessly promoted notion that all scientists agree is starting to unravel.

Snips from Prof. Lindzen:

“There has been a net warming of the earth over the last century and a half, and our greenhouse gas emissions are contributing at some level. Both of these statements are almost certainly true. What of it? Recently many people have said that the earth is facing a crisis requiring urgent action. This statement has nothing to do with science. There is no compelling evidence that the warming trend we've seen will amount to anything close to catastrophe. What most commentators—and many scientists—seem to miss is that the only thing we can say with certainly about climate is that it changes.”

“The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week.”

“Moreover, actions taken thus far to reduce emissions have
already had negative consequences without improving our ability to adapt to climate change. An emphasis on ethanol, for instance, has led to angry protests against corn-price increases in Mexico, and forest clearing and habitat destruction in Southeast Asia. Carbon caps are likely to lead to increased
prices, as well as corruption associated with permit trading. (Enron was a leading lobbyist for Kyoto because it had hoped to capitalize on emissions trading.) The alleged solutions have more potential for catastrophe than the putative problem.”

As the New York Times and others have noted, Lindzner is not the only one.