Reason still has a place.
Posted by Jeff Id on February 27, 2009
The voice of reason is getting stronger I just hope we haven’t crossed the political ‘real’ tipping point already. I’m not naive enough to believe that good science and reason will stop anything however.
Claims about the allegedly dire effects of global warming may be exaggerated, Patrick Michaels, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank, said during a Thursday lecture at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Michaels, who is also a state climatologist and professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, discussed the research published in his new book, “Climate of Extremes: Global Warming Science They Don’t Want You to Know.”
“The discussion surrounding global warming has become wildly extreme,” he told a packed auditorium. “You either believe it’s the end of the world unless we do something about it right now, or you’re a denier.”
Michaels criticized scientists’ widespread acceptance of the computer climate change models, saying that the models have projected higher temperatures than have actually occurred in recent years.
“[There is a] systematic failure of computer models,” he said. “What warming there is, is at or below the lower limits of computer models.”
I should title the post – spatial autocorrelation of scientists.
This phenomenon can be partially attributed to the “small inbred community” of scientists who peer review global warming research, he said.
This is the bit which made me post this article.
Current means of addressing warming may exacerbate the extent of the climate problem, Michaels said. Cap-and-trade systems and energy taxes take money out of the hands of investors and drain capital from companies that could produce innovative technologies, he said.
“I will leave you with one observation: the future belongs to the efficient,” he said. “You need capital to reach that future.”
The part I just can’t understand is how people think taxation has any chance to correct CO2 emission. It is nothing but an additional powergrab by the government, with an excuse and no real point. Still if you read the article there were plenty of fully indoctrinated liberal college students ready to attack.