Guest essay by Dr. Richard Lindzen, MIT
A recent exchange in the Boston Globe clearly illustrated the sophistic nature of the defense of global warming alarm.
In the December 3, 2015 edition of the Boston Globe, the distinguished physicist, Freeman Dyson, had on op-ed, “Misunderstandings, questionable beliefs mar Paris climate talks.” His main point, stated immediately, is that any agreement reached in these talks would “likely do more harm than good.” In an otherwise, thoughtful commentary, however, Dyson begins with a common error. He attributes the basis for climate alarm to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
For reasons that I will address shortly, this is an entirely understandable error. Dyson’s description of the IPCC position is
“The IPCC believes climate change is harmful; that the science of climate change is settled and understood; that climate change is largely due to human activities, particularly the…
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