It was less than a month ago that NPR’s Bill Moyers and Canadian scientists shared their fantasies about throwing global warming … climate change … climate disruption skeptics in prison. Who would have known that the targets Mr. Moyers’ police state dream would be geoscientists.
James Taylor of Forbes writes:
Don’t look now, but maybe a scientific consensus exists concerning global warming after all. Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.
The survey results show geoscientists (also known as earth scientists) and engineers hold similar views as meteorologists. Two recent surveys of meteorologists (summarized here and here) revealed similar skepticism of alarmist global warming claims.
According to the newly published survey of geoscientists and engineers, merely 36 percent of respondents fit the “Comply with Kyoto” model. The scientists in this group “express the strong belief that climate change is happening, that it is not a normal cycle of nature, and humans are the main or central cause.”
The authors of the survey report, however, note that the overwhelming majority of scientists fall within four other models, each of which is skeptical of alarmist global warming claims.
Weird. I’ve never seen a discussion of this study on NPR.
Have geoscientists been paid off by a shadowy conservative organization led by Phil Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”? Is the oil industry shoving wads of cash into the geoscientists’ pants to get them to say what the energy industry wants? If they are corrupt, wouldn’t that mean that other scientists would be just as open to changing their views if it meant getting another year’s worth of grants from the right government agency?
For the purposes of this blog post, we’ll assume scientists are almost all totally honest because that is what Bill Moyers and David Suzuki wanted us to believe when they discussed the logistics of tossing guys like me into a deep dark dungeon. (Mr. Moyers will deal with those turncoats at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration later — how dare they report that 2013 had the fewest number of hurricanes since 1982!)
In light of this recent skepticism displayed by geoscientists, it’s probably safe to say that they would tell Al Gore to cool it on the doomsday rhetoric.
Organizational Studies quotes the former Vice President as saying:
With more than 15% higher GHG emissions than conventional oil, the [Canadian] oil sands have been categorized as particularly ‘dirty’ oil (Nikiforuk, 2008) and have become the ‘whipping boy of European and American green groups fighting the “Great Climate War”’ (Sweeney, 2010, p. 160). Al Gore builds on this by stating that the “oil sands threaten our survival as a species” and “Junkies find veins in the toes when the ones in their arms and their legs collapse. Developing tar sands and coal shale is the equivalent” (Sweeney, 2010, p. 168).
The oil sands of Canada threaten our survival as a species. Gotcha. In the mind of Al Gore, the big threat to humanity isn’t the guys who want to create a giant Islamic caliphate in large expansive sandy regions of the Middle East (while slaughtering thousands in the process) — it’s the engineers trying to squeeze oil out of sand in Canada so you can enjoy widgets and gadgets that make life in 2014 really comfortable.
What makes the doomsday predictions and the calls to imprison skeptics even more bizarre is having to read New York Times articles that attribute a 15 to 20 year pause in global warming to “luck.” How very scientific of you, New York Times.
As unlikely as this may sound, we have lucked out in recent years when it comes to global warming.
The rise in the surface temperature of earth has been markedly slower over the last 15 years than in the 20 years before that. And that lull in warming has occurred even as greenhouse gases have accumulated in the atmosphere at a record pace.
The slowdown is a bit of a mystery to climate scientists.
The point is that the “settled science” of Climate Change isn’t “settled,” at least not to the extent Al Gore’s “solution” (i.e., give the federal government complete control over entire industries and turn over billions of dollars to a federal Leviathan) should be explored.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I think do some further reading on things like liquid fluoride thorium reactors — the kind of scientific research that Al Gore never talks about.