On Con: Earth is never in equilibrium
Good God. I’ve read some rubbish by Lindzen before (one of the most prolific denialists), but is awful even for him.Just consider the last two paras – I could only bear to skim the rest.
"Finally, there are the well-meaning individuals who believe that in accepting the alarmist view of climate change, they are displaying intelligence and virtue. For them, psychic welfare is at stake.Clearly, the possibility that warming may have ceased could provoke a sense of urgency. For those committed to the more venal agendas, the need to act soon, before the public appreciates the situation, is real indeed. However, the need to courageously resist hysteria is equally clear. Wasting resources on symbolically fighting ever-present climate change is no substitute for prudence."
I don’t have an “alarmist” view, and nor does anyone else that I’m aware of, so this does not apply to me, Al Gore, or any other boogie men / strawmen. The tiny subset of “alarmists” that are like that because of the strange secret motivations he imagines he understands I think we can safely ignore (assuming there are any).
There is virtually no possibility that warming has ceased. A review of the facts will show this.
I am not interested in those committed to venal agendas – unless they are influencing climate policy, and I see vastly more on the side of ignorance than I do on the side of facts.
When I see hysteria I will resist it – does he have an example?
We are not wasting resources by fighting climate change strongly now – we are massively conserving resources (the payback is around a factor of 20). Now he’s an economist? Sheesh.
Prudence *is* a great thing and Lindzen demonstrates no trace of it. Pudence is why I strongly urge everyone I know to understand climate change, and the need for more prudence – else we may end up with a lousy country and a lousy planet.
Instead of creating phantom hysterical green communists and then railing against them he would be better off re-learning some of the science he used to do when he was younger, and has since forgotten (he has come up with numerous theories all of which miraculously show that GW isn’t happening, or is happening for reasons other than the obvious. None of his theories have stood up for more than 5 minutes.). When Lindzen rediscovers what facts actually are he should apologize for this 'article'. Since he doesn’t actually matter we need not worry whether this happens or not.
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