Sensible fellow or nut?

MIT Professor Richard Lindzen shares a few more thoughts on AGW:

In a world where we experience temperature changes of tens of degrees in a single day, we treat changes of a few tenths of a degree in some statistical residue, known as the global mean temperature anomaly (GATA), as portents of disaster.

Earth has had ice ages and warmer periods when alligators were found in Spitzbergen. Ice ages have occurred in a 100,000-year cycle for the last 700,000 years, and there have been previous interglacials that appear to have been warmer than the present despite lower carbon-dioxide levels.

More recently, we have had the medieval warm period and the little ice age. During the latter, alpine glaciers advanced to the chagrin of overrun villages. Since the beginning of the 19th century, these glaciers have been retreating. Frankly, we don’t fully understand either the advance or the retreat, and, indeed, some alpine glaciers are advancing again.

For small changes in GATA, there is no need for any external cause. Earth is never exactly in equilibrium. The motions of the massive oceans where heat is moved between deep layers and the surface provides variability on time scales from years to centuries. Examples include El Nino, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation, etc. Recent work suggests that this variability is enough to account for all change in the globally averaged temperature anomaly since the 19th century.

Of course Lindzen is one of those litmus test figures — sensible fellow or nut? HT: AJ Strata

6 Responses to “Sensible fellow or nut?”

  1. Steve Says:

    No, not a nut. A shill with an ego:

    In November 2004, Lindzen was quoted saying he’d be willing to bet that the earth’s climate will be cooler in 20 years than it is today. When British climate researcher James Annan contacted him, however, Lindzen would only agree to take the bet if Annan offered a 50-to-1 payout.

    In a 2001 profile in Newsweek, journalist Fred Guterl wrote that Lindzen “clearly relishes the role of naysayer. He’ll even expound on how weakly lung cancer is linked to cigarette smoking.”[17]

    Lindzen told the BBC that ExxonMobil was “the only principled oil and gas company I know in the US” and that “they have a CEO who is not going to be bamboozled by nonsense.”

  2. terrence Says:

    Steve, the TROLL, just out did himself in UNINFORMED, ASININE, BRAINDEAD STUDIPTIY. His unthinking knee jerk religious fervor would be funny, if he was not so PATHEtIC.

    If Steve, the TROLL, set out to make warmist look like uninormed FOOLS, he did a GREAT JOB – WELL DONE, Steve, the TROLL!

  3. Steve Says:

    Enjoyed the kindergarten chants, complete with all-caps and typos. Grow up, please, the world needs quite a bit of genuine help from everyone now, including dealing with facts.

  4. terrence Says:

    Thanks for the LAUGHS, Steve the TROLL.

    AT least you are good for something, even though you should be embarrassed by the crap you dump here – the predicable, LAUGHABLE, ASININE, CRAP. Keep making warmists look like uninformed FOOLS, you REALLY do a GREAT JOB – WELL DONE, Steve, the TROLL!

  5. Maggie's Farm Says:

    Tuesday morning links…

    Iran, Islam & Cyrus the Great
    Japan: A nation adrift
    Vacation travel a human right?
    Prof Lindzen speaks rationally about AGW
    Volcanoes and AGW. You just knew it.
    Now they tell us: NYT learns why Obamacare is expensive
    It’s a mighty pale new…

  6. Sam Salem Says:

    Steve is the typical leftie troll. Make an ad hominen attack and ignore the factual basis of the argument.

    I suppose that does no harm on blog comments but unfortunately for all of us (Steve included) this is the same way that public policy discussions are handled by the administration and our so called free press.

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