“Taking us for fools”

A former Vice President, who was a uniter, not a divider a little while ago, appears to be going a little conspirazoid, in his latest chapter of Planetary Emergency, via AP:

There has been an organized campaign, financed to the tune of about $10 million a year from some of the largest carbon polluters, to create the impression that there is disagreement in the scientific community,” Gore said at a forum in Singapore. “In actuality, there is very little disagreement.”…

“This is one of the strongest of scientific consensus views in the history of science,” Gore said. “We live in a world where what used to be called propaganda now has a major role to play in shaping public opinion.”…

“They’re trying to manipulate opinion and they are taking us for fools”...

“They’re trying to manipulate opinion and they are taking us for fools.” The statement is arguably correct. At issue is who “they” are. (Perhaps the carbon offset business is suffering a few setbacks.)

4 Responses to ““Taking us for fools””

  1. gs Says:

    The transcript of Freeman Dyson’s commencement address at Michigan is worth reading.

    The first of my heresies says that all the fluff about global warming is grossly exaggerated. Here I am opposing the holy brotherhood of twilight model experts and the crowd of diluted citizens that believe the numbers predicted by their models. Of course they say I have no degree in meteorology and I am therefore not qualified to speak.

    But I have studied their climate models and know what they can do. The models solve the equations of fluid dynamics and do a very good job of describing the fluid motions of the atmosphere and the oceans. They do a very poor job of describing the clouds, the dust, the chemistry and the biology of fields, farms and forests. They do not begin to describe the real world that we live in.

    The real world is muddy and messy and full of things that we do not yet understand. It is much easier for a scientist to sit in an air-conditioned building and run computer models than to put on winter clothes and measure what is really happening outside in the swamps and the clouds. That’s why the climate model experts end up believing their own models.

    In the first paragraph, ‘diluted’ is almost certainly a typo for ‘deluded’ and ‘twilight’ seems to be one for ‘climate’.

  2. gs Says:

    The boldface in my quote from Dyson was unintended: probably a WordPress artifact.

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  4. gs Says:

    Dyson’s ideas are presented in somewhat more detail here (via Christine Dantas) than in the commencement address I quoted. The Edge article is excerpted from a book of Dyson essays which is referenced at the end.

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