(Wall Street Journal) In spite of a multidecade international campaign to enforce the message that increasing amounts of the “pollutant” carbon dioxide will destroy civilization, large numbers of scientists, many very prominent, share the opinions of Dr. Giaever. And the number of scientific “heretics” is growing with each passing year. The reason is a collection of stubborn scientific facts.
Perhaps the most inconvenient fact is the lack of global warming for well over 10 years now. This is known to the warming establishment, as one can see from the 2009 “Climategate” email of climate scientist Kevin Trenberth: “The fact is that we can’t account for the lack of warming at the moment and it is a travesty that we can’t.” But the warming is only missing if one believes computer models where so-called feedbacks involving water vapor and clouds greatly amplify the small effect of CO2.
The lack of warming for more than a decade—indeed, the smaller-than-predicted warming over the 22 years since the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began issuing projections—suggests that computer models have greatly exaggerated how much warming additional CO2 can cause. Faced with this embarrassment, those promoting alarm have shifted their drumbeat from warming to weather extremes, to enable anything unusual that happens in our chaotic climate to be ascribed to CO2.
, 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; Antonio Zichichi
, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.