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Because the world needs another opinion


Posted by Jeff Id on February 18, 2010

If you read one thing in climate science this week, read this.

It’s very well written, spoken and so perfectly true.

Henk Tennekes was made to clear his desk and resign as Director of the KNMI (Dutch Meteorological Institute). His sin? In a newspaper column the world-renowned meteorologist had disproved all the bold claims about climate change.

Thanks again to WUWT.

9 Responses to “NoConsensus”

  1. AMac said

    The linked article on Tennekes is quite a contrast with this essay by NASA climatologist Andrew Lacis, featured at the NYT’s

    Human-induced warming of the climate system is established fact.

    How do we know this to be true? What does it take to get something established as fact? I will try to explain this quandary here the same way that I explain it to myself.

    We have come to understand that nothing happens in this world expect as allowed by the laws of physics.


  2. Phillip Bratby said

    Andrew Lacis “The bottom line is that CO2 is absolutely, positively, and without question, the single most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere”. Nothing like not allowing questions when no evidence is presented!

  3. Chuckles said


    Indeed. Talk about the grand sweeping narrative. Must have seriously depleted the New York stocks of hand-wavium.

    Were you the ‘Mac’ being redirected to the one true path in the comments by May, Roddy and Dh?
    Dale Carnegie has his work cut out there…

  4. Peter of Sydney said

    It’s odd in a way to see so many highly regarded “scientists” treat science with such contempt and ill manner. I wonder why would anyone be so dumb to do it when they ought to realize they would be caught out eventually. I suspect it’s because they are just human like the rest of us and make mistakes. Trouble is the issue at hand is too serious to treat lightly. They should suffer the consequences for committing fraud.

  5. Geoff Sherrington said

    There was an open letter sent to the UN Secretary General, see

    Two adjacent names are
    Hendrik Tennekes, PhD, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
    Dick Thoenes, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

    I did not meet Dr. Tennekes, but for a year I worked in a joint venture with his good friend Dick Thoenes. Dick has one of the sharpest, logical brains I have met. It is sad that people like these are shut out of the AGW room, because there is so much original thought and good science that they could produce.

  6. Viv Evans said

    Thanks for that link – what a brilliant man.

    His observation ‘Nature is not static’ says it for me in a nutshell: environmentalists and AGWers want to preserve the status quo of the planet forever – as if this is the pinnacle.

    But then – he obviously spent lots of time outside of his office, away from his computers: he knew that it is futile to try and stop everything in the natural environment from changing.

    It is a huge pity that we’re only now made aware of his courageous stand.
    I wonder if there are more like him, who have paid such a prize for speaking out.

  7. confused said


    Your claim that “environmentalists and AGWers want to preserve the status quo of the planet forever” is patent rubbish in many, though not necessarily all, cases. The A in the AGW is the key. Many simply want to mitigate the A. Note, I’m not arguing for or against the A, but rather against your lazy characterisation of (many of) their position(s). Leave the hyperbole to the IPCC.

  8. hjbange said

    Have you seen Lubos Motl’s review of the Michael Mann interview?

    To quote Lubos:

    “If you haven’t seen a real nutcase for a little while, read..”


  9. DG said

    Lawrence Solomon: Vindication — Dutch global warming denier “was right after all”

    De Telegraaf, the Netherlands’ largest daily newspaper, has totally vindicated the country’s most prominent global warming denier in a prominent article entitled “Henk Tennekes – He was right after all.”

    Tennekes was the director of the Netherlands Meteorological Institute, KNMI, until the early 1990s, when his skepticism of the climate science coming out of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change led to his forced resignation. A translation into English of De Telegraaf’s no-holds-barred vindication appears here

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