You don’t need to be a climate scientist to understand this stuff. Or even a scientist. But it has long suited the alarmist camp to pretend otherwise because it would like us all to believe that “climate change” is a mystery which only the elect can understand. That is, they wish to confer on climate scientists the status priests used to have before the invention of the printing press and the translation of the Bible into the vernacular. Hence Carbon Brief’s desperate call to this Foster character to invoke his authority against a story unhelpful to the alarmist agenda.
“Behold: a Climate Scientist pronounces.”
Here’s a thing, though, that you’ll never learn from Graham Linehan’s Twitter feed or the Guardian environment pages or the National Academy of Sciences nor even – because he’s too polite – Anthony Watts’s Watts Up With That?
The thing is that thing that I mentioned at the beginning: the guys providing the science for the alarmist agenda are often really quite low-grade.
That is what is so deliciously cruel – but also, of course, so totally fair and accurate – about Mark Steyn’s new book “A Disgrace To The Profession.”
Basically, it’s just 300 pages of scientists from around the world, explaining how totally, embarrassingly useless Michael Mann is.
And if that’s what they’re saying about the alarmist camp’s top player – onlie begetter of the infamous Hockey Stick – what does that say for the rest of the team?
This was a point made a couple of years ago by Dr Richard Lindzen, professor of theoretical physics at MIT, during a committee grilling at the House of Commons in London. Climate science, he noted cattily, is simply not a field that attracts the world’s brightest and best.
“I’ve asked very frequently at universities: ‘Of the brightest people you know, how many people were studying climate […or meteorology or oceanography…]?’ And the answer is usually ‘No one.'”
And – warming to his theme:
“You look at the credentials of some of these people [on the IPCC] and you realise that the world doesn’t have that many experts, that many ‘leading climate scientists'”.
Was Lindzen suggesting, asked Tim Yeo at this point, that scientists in the field of climate were academically inferior.
“Oh yeah,” said Lindzen. “I don’t think there’s any question that the brightest minds went into physics, math, chemistry…”
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