Dec 2, 2009

Climate change as a moral issue [LINK]

MIT meteorologist Richard Lindzen, has a fascinating op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, outlining his skepticism of the theory of CO2-forced global warming. What struck me was this statement, which especially in light of the ongoing "climategate" scandal, suggests that Al Gore's formulation that climate change is primarily a "moral" issue, comes at great cost to scientific progress:

The notion that complex climate "catastrophes" are simply a matter of the response of a single number, GATA [globally averaged temperature anomaly], to a single forcing, CO2 (or solar forcing for that matter), represents a gigantic step backward in the science of climate.... Our perceptions of nature are similarly dragged back centuries so that the normal occasional occurrences of open water in summer over the North Pole, droughts, floods, hurricanes, sea-level variations, etc. are all taken as omens, portending doom due to our sinful ways....

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