Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Dr. Richard Lindzen, Climate Change Denier

Dr. Richard Lindzen, a professor at MIT, and one of the handful of halfway-reputable deniers still around, gives Larry King "his read" on Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and the issue of climate change:

I think it’s mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.

Now who exactly has locked himself into a dark closet? Refused to see the light?

Thanks to Erica McDonald, of Dr. Heidi Cullen’s show on the Weather Channel, for the catch.

Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

2 thoughts on “Jaw-Dropper of the Week: Dr. Richard Lindzen, Climate Change Denier

  1. Dr. Lindzen’s views seem extremely credible to me. Gore is a poor scientist, and a poor philosopher of science. The claim that climatologists are in consensus (or near consensus) on the extent, the cause, or the expected manifestations of global warming seems obviously false. And as time goes on, it will become less and less relevant to the TRUTH of these issues whether or not there IS consensus, because, in a world where pro-Gore scientists can get funding and others can’t,and with the criminalization of scientific disagreement, the pool of scientists in this area will become so corrupted that their views won’t mean much.


  2. Shortly after the Bush administration took office, they officially tasked the National Academy of Sciences (our nation’s most distinguished scientific body, dating back to 1857) with the job of assessing the science of global warming. They had specific questions about the apparent discrepancy between observed higher temps on the surface and in the ocean and in the mid-range of the atmosphere, but essentially the question was: Is global warming happening? Lindzen was one of eleven scientists put on a panel by the NAS and asked for an answer.

    In June, 2001, the NAS released a report, entitled “Climate Change Science: An Analysis of Some Key Questions.” (http://books.nap.edu/html/climatechange/)

    Here is the opening:

    “Greenhouse gases are accumulating in Earth’s atmosphere as a result of human activities, causing surface air temperatures and subsurface ocean temperatures to rise. Temperatures, are, in fact, rising.”

    So, although Lindzen continues to claim that global warming is a matter of no great concern, in fact he is part of the consensus of scientists who believes it is happening.

    Deal with it. That’s what some of us want to do. Because we know the longer we wait, the more difficult the consequences.


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