February 27, 2009

Another uncomfortable hunch

This Princeton physicist was fired for disagreeing with Al Gore, few people have such high credentials.

“The earth was just fine in those times,” Happer said. “You know, we evolved as a species in those times, when CO2 levels were three or four times what they are now. And, the oceans were fine, plants grew, animals grew fine. So it’s baffling to me that, you know, we’re so frightened of getting nowhere close to where we started.”

“I don’t think that the laws of nature, physics and chemistry have changed in 80 million year,” Happer said. “Eighty million years ago, the earth was a very prosperous place and there’s no reason to think it will suddenly become bad now.”

Happer claimed that in fact, an increase in CO2 levels wouldn’t be a bad thing at all, but a good thing for humanity."

The more vigorously everyone agrees on an idea, with no robust and replicable testing, the more skeptical we should become.

"But surely everyone isn't lying to us?", you squawk.

No my dear muppets, that's not how proselytizing - nor real science - works. Mere lies would not be sufficiently sophisticated.

"Happer explained to the committee that the global warming movement mirrors the temperance movement that led to Prohibition in the 1920s. He claimed the movement has enlisted various elements of society, including the media, to promote their cause. He noted his opinion that children are being misused to spread the “climate catastrophe” movement’s message.

“Like the Temperance Movement a hundred years ago, the climate catastrophe movement has enlisted the mass media, leadership of scientific societies, trustees of charitable foundations, many other influential people to their cause,” Happer said. “Even elementary school teachers and writers of children’s books terrify our children with the idea of impending climate doom. Children should not be force-fed propaganda masquerading as science.”

Via Andrew Bolt, who also reveals that the bottom has been reached - in the guise of reusable toilet wipes.

Princeton Physicist Tells Congress Earth in 'CO2 Famine' -- Increase 'Will Be Good for Mankind'


  1. Bolta says:
    Surely it’s time global warming believers marked their houses with some sign, a green pentangle or something, as a warning to visitors to enter at their own risk.

    Bit too reminiscent of Nazi marks used for Jews, for my liking.

    Reusable toilet wipes really are scraping the bottom, though.

  2. Quite agree Timmy.

    Perhaps he would ague that the Nazi metaphor is already well entrenched, so he's keeping within the framework established by the eco-fundamentalists, but it would be a lame point.

    For me, the Nazi metaphors demonstrate an unforgivable intellectual laziness and sloppiness.

    I swear I want to puke every time I see "deniers" mentioned. Even the MSM use the term, without blushing.

    There's as much intellectual depth around the metaphors that have been dragged into service by environmentalists as there is around the science and evidence of anthropogenic global warming / climate change, which is to say, none.

    Just in passing: I also want to puke every time I see a comment or letter insisting that "you" all need to start writing letters of apology to your grandchildren.


  3. Being a lifelong student of science and having a biology degree under my belt, it cuts me to the quick to see the prostitution of science that these hacks have managed to pull off. It makes me so mad, I even ended that last sentence with a preposition, something I'm not wont to do.

  4. Caz, oh come on, surely you see the silliness in just asserting "the earth was just fine in those times". It was fine for dinosaurs, bugs and whatever other creatures were around, but none of those were in the habit of building gigantic cradles of civilisation known as "cities".

    Last time I looked, no credible "warmenist" ever said AGW would wipe all life off the planet. That's not the issue. It's the potential for upheaval to humans that the point.

  5. So fine Earth is only an Earth inhabited by humans?

    Are cities the issue?

    Upheaval for humans? Oh dear, oh gosh!

    Come on Steve, humans create upheaval on a continual basis (the odd war here or there, or the odd GFC). Humans adapt, they're remarkably good at it too, at least when they're not being precious. And we need to get used to it; peak oil, peak gas, peak everything ... well, running out of basic resources will take care of an awful lot of emissions!

    Will an increase in a minor trace gas that is a 0.00038 (380 parts per million) part of the atmosphere, to, say, 0 .00048 (480 ppm. ) part of the atmosphere, cause runaway global warming?

    Not a trick question!

  6. Cubical - yes, most dispiriting when science is appropriated and / or abused for sociological or political means and ends.

    Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: "'The most perfidious way of harming a cause consists of defending it with faulty arguments."

    The most perfidious of all is faulty science.