(Hat tip: powerline)
Please listen to scientist William Happer, Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics at Princeton and former head of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Research, in this article, Professor denies global warming theory:
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant. Every time you exhale, you exhale air that has 4 percent carbon dioxide. To say that that’s a pollutant just boggles my mind. What used to be science has turned into a cult. … All the evidence I see is that the current warming of the climate is just like past warmings. In fact, it’s not as much as past warmings yet, and it probably has little to do with carbon dioxide, just like past warmings had little to do with carbon dioxide. … I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect, for example, absorption and emission of visible and infrared radiation, and fluid flow … Based on my experience, I am convinced that the current alarm over carbon dioxide is mistaken.â€
Happer said he is dismayed by the politicization of the issue and believes the community of climate change scientists has become a veritable â€œreligious cult,â€ noting that nobody understands or questions any of the science.
He noted in an interview that in the past decade, despite what he called â€œalarmistâ€ claims, there has not only not been warming, there has in fact been global cooling. He added that climate change scientists are unable to use models to either predict the future or accurately model past events.
â€œThere was a baseball sage who said prediction is hard, especially of the future, but the implication was that you could look at the past and at least second-guess the past,â€ Happer explained. â€œThey canâ€™t even do that.â€
Happer cited an ice age at the time of the American Revolution, when Londoners skated on the Thames, and warm periods during the Middle Ages, when settlers were able to farm southern portions of Greenland, as evidence of naturally occurring fluctuations that undermine the case for anthropogenic influence.
â€œ[Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration] was exactly the same then. It didnâ€™t change at all,â€ he explained. â€œSo there was something that was making the earth warm and cool that modelers still donâ€™t really understand.â€
The problem does not in fact exist, he said, and society should not sacrifice for nothing.
â€œ[Climate change theory has] been extremely bad for science. Itâ€™s going to give science a really bad name in the future,â€ he said. â€œI think science is one of the great triumphs of humankind, and I hate to see it dragged through the mud in an episode like this.â€
He is right. The AGW cult is giving science a really bad name, and that’s a shame.