Policy inaction – revisited

In October last year, while reading Storms of my Grandchildren, I stumbled across James Hansen’s statement that “Policy inaction is the aim of those that dispute global warming”; and was so taken by it I used it as a title to a post (on 28 October 2011). As recently as yesterday, the Skeptical Science (SkS) website has published an excellent review of the latest attempt by climate change deniers to prevent action being taken. If you have not seen it, you really should read it in full; as it goes through each climate myth (there being nothing new in what SkS calls the “fake skeptic” opinion piece) presenting a brief, but no less devastating, critique of each one. However, before doing that, SkS notes that the 16 signatories “are also worth noting for their lack of noteworthiness.” Indeed, the SkS piece suggests that Richard Lindzen “…is the only climate scientist of note on the entire list, and is mainly noteworthy for his history of being wrong on climate issues.” The myths once more debunked are as follows: — Global warming has stopped. — “Warmists” can’t account for the lack of warming (i.e. a misrepresentation of a quote from a data-mined email taken out-of-context). — Earth has warmed as sceptics expected (i.e. nothing unusual is happening). — CO2 is plant food (and not a pollutant). — Climate change (i.e. “environmental alarmism”) is a hoax that serves only to perpetuate finance for research (as opposed to its denial being perpetuated by the fossil fuel lobby). — The economic cost of tackling climate change is too great (although no attempt is made to quantify the the cost of failing to act). With regard to this latter point, I am particularly interested to learn that William Nordhaus has seen the light; and that he denounces this latest attempt to dismiss climate change as environmental alarmism. Therefore, it is clear that I have been out-of-date in criticising his denunciation of the Stern Review elsewhere on this Blog; for which error I am happy to apologise. Again, if you have not already done so, I would encourage you to read the original SkS post by dana1981: The Latest Denialist Plea for Climate Change Inaction (31 January 2012).

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About Rick Altman

Possibly just another 'Climate Cassandra' crying 'Wolf' in cyberspace. However, the moral of the old children's story is that the Wolf eventually turned up!
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2 Responses to Policy inaction – revisited

  1. Pingback: No cause for alarm? – You cannot be serious! | Anthropocene Reality

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