All this from a man who stated,"We are moving rapidly into the post-Darwinian era, when species other than our own will no longer exist, and the rules of Open Source sharing will be extended from the exchange of software to the exchange of genes."<quoted text>
The problem with climate change science and telling everyone that the science is settled is one of the greatest letdowns in science. When you freeze the debate and rely on a science that has been settled since 1981, then it really is hard to come out later and say we might have overestimated man's CO2 impact on the climate. The good news is that now more scientists are questioning the impact of AGW and maybe, just maybe a reasonable debate can proceed.
I was reading an interview with Freeman Dyson who was involved with early research on climate change at the Institute for Energy Analysis in Oak Ridge, TN. His research involved scientists from many disciplines and was based on experimentation. The scientists studied such questions as how atmospheric carbon dioxide interacts with plant life and the role of clouds in warming. But he said that approach lost out to the computer-modeling approach favored by climate scientists. And that approach was flawed from the beginning, Dyson said. Dyson said these models included fudge factors and a major fudge factor concerns the role of clouds. The greenhouse effect of carbon dioxide on its own is limited. To get to the apocalyptic projections trumpeted by Al Gore and company, the models have to include assumptions that CO2 will cause clouds to form in a way that produces more warming.
Dyson is now called a stupid man by those who don't want to debate the science. This quote seems to sum up the AGW science:
"The essence of science is that it is always willing to abandon a given idea, however fundamental it may seem to be, for a better one; the essence of theology is that it holds its truths to be eternal and immutable."
Not one scientist is debating that the Earth hasn't warmed. The debate is over how much man's contribution is to the warming and the Earth's feedback system and sensitivity. Now that CO2 has continued to skyrocket and the temperatures have stayed flat for the last 17 years, at last, many scientists are starting to question their computer models.
Of course he evidently does not understand how the ecology of the Earth is utterly dependent upon the interrelationships between the species.