“ ‘If you ask me as a person, do I think the Russian heat wave has to do with climate change, the answer is yes,’ said Gavin Schmidt, a climate researcher with NASA in New York. ‘If you ask me as a scientist whether I have proved it, the answer is no — at least not yet.’ ”For the uninitiated, Gavin Schmidt (of RealClimate.org) is arguably the single most overt propagandist in the religious cult of Man Made Catastrophic Global Warming Hysteria.
Yet, even Gavin admits there is no science which links the Russian wildfires to climate change of any variety, much less man made climate change.
But, where so-called “journalists” [and certain unscrupulous “scientists”] are concerned, science and evidence be damned! It’s full speed ahead with the hysteria mongering purely political propaganda!
Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. -- professor of environmental studies -- has devoted much of his career to examining the link (or lack thereof) between climate change and the consequences of weather disasters. Dr. Pielke notes (I inserted the link):
“This [Gavin’s absurd NYT comment] neatly sums up the first of two reasons why I think that the current debate over whether greenhouse gas emissions caused/exacerbated/influenced recent disasters around the world is a fruitless debate. It is not a debate that can be resolved empirically, but rather depends upon hunches, speculation and beliefs…For the record…
there should be no ambiguity in the fact that researchers who have looked for a signal of increasing GHGs [Green House Gases] in increasing disaster losses (whether measured in dollars or in lives) have yet to see such a signal. It would be scientifically incorrect to claim that GHGs have been shown to account for any portion of the damage or suffering resulting from recent events.”
Despite his empirical realism with respect to the fact that there is no quantifiable link between climate change and weather induced disasters, Dr. Pielke advocates for government intervention to reduce CO2 emissions. But, Dr. Pielke has, to date, failed to honor the promise he made to me on 7/31/09 to explain in his blog why he believes this is a good idea. Perhaps this is because he does not “think it fruitful to wage a political battle by challenging ‘deniers’ on matters of science”. Personally, I think Dr. Pielke knows he is promoting an indefensible agenda. I think Dr. Pielke knows that he cannot prevail in any open and honest debate. But, no AGW alarmist can. That is why -- to a person -- they almost always avoid any such open debate.
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