The following quotes, in no particular order, seem to be appropriate to the inevitable and (hopefully) imminent demise of the CAGW/MMGW scam:
That consensus, by the way, has never said that climate change will necessarily be dangerous. The oft-quoted 97 per cent agreement among scientists refers to the statement that man-made climate change happens, not to future projections. No climate change sceptic that I know “denies” climate change, or even human contributions to it. It’s a lazy and unpleasant slur to say that they do. – Matt Ridley February 2014
Coming on the heels of the Ship of Fools stunt in Antarctica last week, these are the worst of times for the climate campaign. Climate change has become what philosophers call a “non-falsifiable hypothesis.” Everything is said to be proof of climate change. The trouble with this disposition is that it violates the Occam’s Razor that most people of common sense carry about in their hip pocket: if it’s really cold over a wide area, the warming theory loses credibility. Plus the fact that once upon a time, the same group of folks told us that polar vortices like the one we are having right now was evidence of imminent global cooling. –Steven Hayward, PowerLine, 8 January 2014
“We’re spending money that we don’t have to solve a problem that doesn’t exist at the behest of people we didn’t elect.”
– Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton; 24 November 2013
“The latest IPCC report has truly sunk to a level of hilarious incoherence…..It is quite amazing to see the contortions the IPCC has to go through in order to keep the international climate agenda going…..In attributing warming to man, they fail to point out that the warming has been small, and totally consistent with there being nothing to be alarmed about.”
Professor Richard Lindzen, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, MIT. September 17, 2013
“History is moving pretty quickly these days, and the heroes and villains keep on changing parts.”
– from Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Reliance on Authority
“As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles”
– Bertrand Russell
Tragedy of Science
“The great tragedy of science – the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact”
– Aldous Huxley
“Government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem”
– Ronald Reagan
Six Impossible Things
Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”
“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– From Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll
“It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master. ”
– Ayn Rand
Thinking in Herds
“Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one.”
– Charles Mackay, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
“One of the curious features of green journalism is that if it gets unusually cold, this will be dismissed as mere ‘weather’ of no significance, while a heatwave or violent storm will be seized on as a warning that catastrophic climate change is already here.”
– David Rose, Mail on Sunday, 13 January, 2013
“The green establishment tries to stifle dissent. For example the odious term ‘denier’ is applied to anyone who questions their current orthodoxy on global warming. Even if one agrees that CO2 does warm the planet, but (argues that) the issue is by how much and if that is good or bad, one must be vilified and equated with those who deny the Holocaust.”
– David Rose
Scientist Becomes Skeptic
“I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic. Watching this issue unfold has been amusing but, lately, worrying. This issue is tearing society apart, making fools and liars out of our politicians.
The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s.”
Dr David Evans consulted full-time for the Australian Greenhouse Office (now the Department of Climate Change) from 1999 to 2005, and part-time 2008 to 2010, modeling Australia’s carbon in plants, debris, mulch, soils, and forestry and agricultural products.
“The biggest loser is the environmental movement. For years, its activists neglected almost everything but climate change. They behaved as if they’d cornered the market on wisdom, truth and certainty, and they demonized anyone who dared to disagree. They got a fabulous free ride from politicians and the media, who parroted their claims like Sunday-school children reciting Scripture. No interest group in modern times has been so free from skepticism, scrutiny or simple accountability as the environmental establishment.”
-Margaret Wente, November 2010
Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. If it happens that I am wrong and the climate experts are right, it is still true that the remedies are far worse than the disease that they claim to cure. I wish that The Independent would live up to its name and present a less one-sided view of the issues.
– Professor Freeman Dyson, Princeton University, on The Independent, 25 February 2011
– As Lord Lawson suggests, all this represents a level of (man-made global warming) hypocrisy and economic insanity that boggles the mind and beggars historical parallel. However, as another incisive writer, Charles Mackay, noted in his 1841 classic, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, people — once they have burned enough witches or sufficiently damaged their economies with crazy schemes — always come to their senses, forcing their politicians to follow. Financial Post, 8 April 2011
These are my principles and if you don’t like them, I can change them.’
– Groucho Marx
It Will Stop
As the former United States Presidential Adviser, Herbert Stein famously said, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”
Love of Theory
Love of theory is the root of all evil. Love of truth, on the other hand, is the root of all that is good. When and if a theory describes reality without error it is no longer a theory but truth. If a theory does not describe reality perfectly, then it is not true. To love a theory over truth is the mark of madness. Or of Enlightenment. Or, nowadays often, of tenure. —William M Briggs, 28 April 2012
Napoleon’s Return from Elba in 1815 –
and the contemporary commentary from “Le Moniteur” –
The Monster has escaped from his place of banishment.
The Tyrant is now at Lyon.
The Usurper has ventured to approach to within 60 hours’ march of the capital.
Napoleon will arrive under the walls of Paris tomorrow.
Yesterday evening His Majesty the Emperor made his public entry and arrived at the Tuileries. Nothing can exceed the universal joy.
Concern About the Environment
“It is not that ordinary people are not concerned about the environment. Everyone weighs the balance of economic gain against a respect for nature. It is only the extremists or the truly affluent, however, who can be concerned about the environment to the exclusion of everything else. Most people see the benefits of pipelines and power plants and admit they have to be built somewhere. Only from these extremities do we hear people say, “We don’t need to build any pipelines. We’ve already got enough energy. We can all sit around awaiting the day we live off wind and sunshine.”
The reality is surely dawning, if too slowly, that, to paraphrase Voltaire’s famous 1767 letter to Fredrick the Great, King of Prussia: “Global warming is the most ridiculous, the most absurd and cost-raising farce that ever infected the world.”
– Emeritus Professor Philip Stott of the University of London
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”
“You will be astonished by its utter vacuity. It is 49 pages of pap, expressing nothing but platitudes and mawkish sentimentality, with a dose of health-spa green religion. The only thing to interrupt the droning is the occasional vigorous shake of the collection tin for the United Nations and its army of bureaucrats. And prime ministers are sitting there, nodding, clapping and signing this drivel?”
– Andrew Bolt
22 June 2012
How Real Science Progresses
From the Wall Street Journal, 21st February 2012:
“……science progresses by testing predictions against real world data obtained from direct observations and rigorous experiments. The stakes in the global-warming debate are much too high to ignore this observational evidence and declare the science settled. Though there are many more scientists who are extremely well qualified and have reached the same conclusions we have, we stress again that science is not a democratic exercise and our conclusions must be based on observational evidence.
The computer-model predictions of alarming global warming have seriously exaggerated the warming by CO2 and have underestimated other causes. Since CO2 is not a pollutant but a substantial benefit to agriculture, and since its warming potential has been greatly exaggerated, it is time for the world to rethink its frenzied pursuit of decarbonization at any cost.”
- Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris
- J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting
- Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University
- Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society
- Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
- William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton
- Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.
- William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
- Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT
- James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University
- Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences
- Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne
- Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator
- Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
- Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service
- Antoninio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva
Warming Causes Cooling!
“As the warmist cause continues to cool globally, its proponents become increasingly desperate. In January 2010, former actor Danny Glover tied warming to the earthquake in Haiti. Liberal columnist Thomas Friedman has offered the “global weirding” thesis in which practically any climate event could be taken as proof of man’s impact on the planet. Record snowfalls in recent winters have been attributed to global warming, and activists have even warned that global warming may bring colder overall temperatures. At some point, these tired hysterics will have to admit they have no idea what they’re talking about and move on to the next apocalyptic cause. Perhaps they can examine the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calendar, which is just as strongly rooted in science.” The Washington Times, 15 March 2011
Science has always been a rough game:
Pythagoras (of the Theorum) was a good scientist but he was of a mystical bent and he revered ‘rational’ numbers (whole numbers or whole fractions). He believed they explained the Harmony of the Spheres. Pythagoras, indeed, believed that whole numbers underpinned the universe from music to the movement of the planets. But Pythagoras had a student called Hippasus, and Hippasus discovered that the square root of 2, √2 is not a rational number. It is in fact an ‘irrational’ number, and its exact quantity will never be precisely calculated because, as Hippasus showed two and a half thousand years ago, irrational numbers can never be definitively calculated. This proof upset Pythagoras and he asked Hippasus to retract it. But Hippasus refused, so Pythagoras had him drowned.