Thursday, November 1, 2007

How heartening is this quote!, part II

John Christy, recent refuser-to-share-in-the-Nobel-Prize, was quoted by yours truly in his interview a week or two ago. Today, on A19 of the WSJ, he wrote a follow-up article. His combination of great phraseology, excellent logic, and cool photo (showing the Antarctic ice at its thickest mere weeks ago) made for an impressive essay, excerpts from which I will quote... [emphasis mine]

  • "I'm sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see. Rather, I see a reliance on climate models (useful but never "proof") and the coincidence that changes in carbon dioxide and global temperatures have loose similarity over time."
  • "As we build climate data sets from scratch and look into the guts of the climate system, however, we don't find the alarmist theory matching observations."
  • " difficult it is to accurately predict that system's behavior over the next five days."--in reference to why in the world scientists are trying to forecast the next century.
  • "As my high-school physics teacher admonished us in those we-shall-conquer-the-world-with-a-slide-rule days, 'Begin all of your scientific pronouncements with "At our present level of ignorance, we think we know . . ."'"
  • According to Bjorn Lomborg's Copenhagen Consensus 2004, "spending on health issues such as micronutrients for children, HIV/AIDS and water purification has benefits 50 to 200 times those of attempting to marginally limit 'global warming.'"
And that is why I'm a biologist.

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