MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen Mocks 97% Consensus: ‘It is propaganda’


By: - Climate DepotFebruary 15, 2016 3:43 PM with 69 comments

Dr. Richard Lindzen, atmospheric physicist, MIT professor emeritus, and lead author of the “Physical Climate Processes and Feedbacks” chapter of the 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, attributes climate hype to politics, money, and propaganda. Lindzen particularly takes issue with the “97% consensus” claim that is being used to stifle debate and demonize skeptics.

MIT Climate Scientist Dr. Richard Lindzen, an emeritus Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT:

RealClearRadioHour: 

Question: How much warming do you expect for a doubling of carbon dioxide?

Lindzen: “Doubling is chosen for a very good reason. The dependence of the greenhouse gas effects what is called logarithmic. Which means if you double CO2 from 280 to 560ppm, you would get the same thing you as you would get from doubling from 560 to 10120. It’s a diminishing return thing.”

“There is no obvious trend for at least 18 years in temperature.”

Lindzen on ‘97% consensus’: 

Lindzen: “It was the narrative from the beginning. In 1998, [NASA’s James] Hansen made some vague remarks. Newsweek ran a cover that says all scientists agree. Now they never really tell you what they agree on. It is propaganda.”

“So all scientists agree it’s probably warmer now than it was at the end of the Little Ice Age. Almost all Scientists agree that if you add CO2 you will have some warming. Maybe very little warming. But it is propaganda to translate that into it is dangerous and we must reduce CO2 etc.

If you can make an ambiguous remark and you have people who will amplify it ‘they said it not me’ and he response of the political system is to increase your funding, what’s not to like?

If I look through my department, at least half of them keep mum. Just keep on doing your work, trying to figure out how it works.

MIT ‘has just announced that they see this bringing in $300 million bucks. It will support all sorts of things.’

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    The left has never been scared from spending other people’s money to create lies that “support” their fairy tales.

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        Seriously I am a free thinker and not “left” by any description of the word. I just think the “right” has made a huge mistake with this topic to the world’s peril. They are also missing out on huge investment potential. Fuel companies can make money by offering alternatives at their stations some of which could be more profitable. Even if global warming was a complete hoax, making the middle East dirt poor by making oil obsolete would be a huge national security benefit. How much money do we spend worrying about the middle East? How much does that cost in increased taxes and debt? How about what happens when easy to retrieve oil runs out? That would cause a major world wide depression. Is that good for our way of life? Conservatives should support conservative ideas, such as preservation of our economy and freedom.

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      • Will Haas

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  • Curtis A Baker

    Also Lindzen is a 76 YO retired professor that agrees with the basic tenants of climate change. This story only tells half of this old man’s opinion.

    • gwsmith

      Really? Why don’t you provide evidence? No evidence? Mocking senior citizens is your gig? Pathetic!

      • Curtis A Baker

        Why do I need evidence when he has stated these facts himself? Mocking? I think not. I was only pointing out that he was retired now. This information posted on this website is over a decade old. Do I need evidence for that? It is easily checked from his own words.

        • Curtis A Baker

          As for his age. I was pointing out that that he was retired and does not even have access to current information. If this is the best that climate deniers can do, then they are doomed to repeat the past mistakes of cultures such as Easter Island. For all the denial and “head in the sand” tactics, climate deniers can’t refute the simple math tenets of global climate change. 1. CO2 increases green house effect or 2 that CO2 and methane are increasing at alarming rates. These two tenants lead to a simple equation of 1+1=2. There are all sorts of conspiracy theories that Liberals have an agenda, but I am by no means a liberal. I am a person that chooses to look at facts and math for my answers. I will likely vote for a conservative this year as I cannot fathom a corrupt Hillary in the Whitehouse and Bernie is a communist. However, conservatives need to understand conservatism and try conserving our resources and climate. There is good money and jobs to be created even if I am wrong. Many businesses see the potential and are ramping up. Get on board or miss the money train.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            It is impossible to separate any possible effects on climate by human activity from natural variability. Control experiments cannot be run on the open atmosphere.

          • Curtis A Baker

            It is possible to do simple math. We input tons of CO2 and methane into the atmosphere each year. We raise cattle, burn coal and petroleum products. These all have carbon atoms in them. We know the volume of the atmosphere. It is a simple calculation to determine the increase that human activity has. The increasing human population of the world and the increased demand for resources has and will increase the content of carbon atoms in the atmosphere. I really do not see why this is such a conspiracy or a mystery.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            You can estimate how much CO2 is added, but the same goes for how much is being absorbed by the oceans and increased plant growth. Estimates are just that, estimates. You still cannot run a controlled experiment to separate out natural variability. Nothing happening now is outside that range, so to justify the crashing of the global economy or asserting the oppressive yoke of government on the people is simply not justified and would, in fact, be a crime.

          • Curtis A Baker

            There is not any increased net plant growth. That is an erroneous understanding of the roll that plants play in the carbon cycle. CO2 levels are at their highest in the northern hemisphere during May and the lowest near November. In the southern hemisphere that is reversed, however most of the best land for plant growth is in the northern hemisphere. Plants act as a carbon sink when they are left alone to grow and keep storing carbon. Ancient plant matter that was trapped underground became fossil fuels. We are reducing both the volume of live plants as well as burning ancient plants. As the permafrost melts in the arctic, even more methane from dead plants and animals are released as gas. There is no way for plants to “grow fast enough” to act as any sort of carbon sink. Here is one example. 27,000 trees each day are cut down just to wipe our collective butts with toilet paper. I know there are a lot of jokes here, but it is just one example of how much effect over 7,400,000,000 people have on this planet

          • Curtis A Baker

            I should reiterate that plants use carbon atoms to put on growth. They do not remove carbon from the carbon cycle. They just store it.

          • Curtis A Baker
          • Curtis A Baker

            Actually I believe that the longer we wait to start addressing this issue, the greater the economic collapse will be. It is like investments when you are 20 yo. Those investments into a 401k are worth so much more than the investments made as a 60 yo. The beauty of compound interest! A small investment every year can help to change the future 50 years from now. The biggest problem is that so many 20yos only think about today and never invest anything at the age of 20. This analogy is very applicable to what global warming deniers are doing to our future.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            I sure do not look at them in a similar way. Investing wealth for the future is prudent and wise. Collectively committing economic suicide and servitude based on faulty models and a non issue, is insanity. While conservation and trying to be clean is a virtue, the best way is through prosperity. People who are wealthy do not live in dirty environments for long – they clean them up while remaining wealthy. Concentrate on the worst first – China and India. Also realize it is not so-called fossil fuel per say, but how they are used. Low tech combustion is a problem, while high tech and modern combustion is not.
            But, the biggest fallacy is the fear of CO2 and the belief that it is a pollutant – it is a vital part of the life cycle and is handled properly and effortlessly by biology – the more CO2 plants have the better they grow, and the less water they use. Commercial green houses will increase CO2 levels to around 1000 -1200 ppm to increase growth rate. The U.S. Navy controls air in their nuclear submarines to include about 4000-5000 ppm CO2 with no negative affect on human performance, but it slows the burn rate of fire.

          • Curtis A Baker

            I also do not view CO2 or methane as a “pollutant”. CO2 is clear and odorless. It has beneficial effects on plant life. I do however understand that an excess of a ” good thing” can lead to negative effects. As with all cost to benefit analysis, we must weigh these issues. In my opinion there are more benefits and less costs if we address this issue early. I do not believe in the liberal taxation that some people would impose. I believe in incentives and encouragement through tax and credit policies. We should tax those things that we wish to discourage and then take that money to repay those people that do the right thing. This should be a tax neutral policy where the money collected goes to those that invest properly. They key is to make these decisions pragmatically and without political agenda. I know that is asking a lot from politicians that take money from special interests, but this is my utopian view of what should happen. As a more conservative individual, I wish that other conservatives would open their minds before the Liberals get their tax talons into our wallets. I say all of this out of love and hope to convince my more conservative friends that some action now can mitigate a future of over reaction by Liberals who will take your taxes and spend it on pet projects. This argument will not be won by denial. This argument can only be mitigated by making sure the proper public policies are enacted early. There are several other benefits to enacting policy now that would serve other conservative agenda including national security and preservation of America’s dominant economic position.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            While too much of a good thing can be bad, no one can demonstrate what that limit is with atmospheric CO2, assuming those limits are under 1000ppm. The truth is, we could not raise CO2 to those limits no matter how hard we tried – which we would never do. Nature has self-limiting mechanisms that are not fully understood, to say the least.

          • Curtis A Baker

            And you are willing to stake the human race future (your children and their legacy ) survival on what you do not know? What we can know it that math can be use to predict the increased warming effect when CO2 rises. We go back to proving that 1 CO2 and methane are not greenhouse gasses, or 2 that these gasses are not increasing in our atmosphere. The second part will be harder to prove, since testing is done on a daily basis and well documented in Hawaii. The first part has been proven, but there is a slight possibility someone made a mistake.
            Some people will make the argument that many hundreds of thousands of years ago CO2 and methane were a lot higher. This is very true, however the animals that live today including humans are not ready for the atmospheric conditions of several hundreds of thousand years ago. The earth will survive our indiscriminate carbon inputs, but the life of this Earth as we know it may not fair quite as well. I would fully agree that we do not know all of the consequences of our actions. That is a bit scary not knowing what sort of world we are leaving our next generations. Will they spit on the ground in disgust when they say our names?

          • Sam Pyeatte

            There is no significant threat to our survival over CO2 concentrations. There is little we could do to affect the concentration in the atmosphere, nor do we have the wisdom to do so. Natural forces are much more powerful – some we probably do not even know about. We clearly do not know everything and to assume so is foolhardy. You and your ilk like to say the science is settled, but if that is the case, why are we still wasting untold $billions on the issue in universities and government agencies? All those wasted PhD dissertations on something already settled.
            One thing we do know is the far-left wants to destroy industrialized society, globally. That would result in the deaths of billions – a mortal sin. So no, I am not willing to do that. I will gladly take my chances doing the opposite as the far-left wants. There’s is a one-way mission of death and misery.

          • Curtis A Baker

            Unfortunately all you did was spout a bunch of rhetoric that has no real provable evidence to support it. We are going to waste countless billions in the future if we do not start changing our mindset. We spend countless bellions in the Middle East when we could have ignored them if they did not have any oil. We give all sorts of tax subsidies to the fossil fuel sector including tax credits for investment costs. We will spend countless billions on refugees from global weather and flooding consequences. Inaction will be much more costly than a few billion for research and mitigation in today’s economy. The sooner we wake up, the less of a problem this will be. Almost every other citizen of every other country looks at Americans and shakes their head wondering how we could be so stupid.it is just a bit embarrassing.

          • Curtis A Baker

            We are wasting the same billions supporting the oil and gas industry. Can you not see that simple math? I am not a supporter of any taxes unless they support change in behavior. Supporting oil and gas subsidies is just plain stupid. I recently drove through Ohio and they are building a pipeline to export natural gas to other countries. Does this make sense at all? Export our products to China where they can take more jobs from us?. This is insanity.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            Oil and gas companies do not get subsidies – they do not get checks from the government, instead they pay $billions in taxes. They deduct operational expenses from income like every other profitable business. Wind and solar companies on the other hand get massive subsidies, without which they would go bankrupt. Pipelines and exporting make good economic sense and are business decisions, not political ones. It is clear you have zero business experience and are clueless about economics and national security.

          • Curtis A Baker

            You may buy into the propaganda that oil and gas companies produce to try to convince the voter that they pay a huge amount of taxes, but the tax code really says otherwise. There are multiple ways that the tax code is manipulated in order to maximize profits that can be considered “tax subsidies”. They may call them by other names such as ” write offs” or “deferrals”, yet they all end up as being money in the pockets of investors and corporations.
            http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2014/04/oil-subsidies-renewable-energy-tax-breaks this web site is notoriously biased, but it does spell out some of the exploited loopholes.

          • Sam Pyeatte

            That is such a silly argument. All successful corporations, non-profit and for-profit companies use the tax code to write-off as much as possible. BTW, when I checked several years ago, Exxon/Mobil paid in excess of $35Billion in taxes per year. They had a huge amount of revenue and high operation costs that are paid off revenue. The Government makes more off the oil than Exxon/Mobil does in net profit.
            The only thing Mother-Jones is good for is to serve as a bad example and a waste of bandwidth.

          • Curtis A Baker

            It is not a “silly argument”. It is just math and archaic laws tailored just for sheltering money and milking tax payers. I would agree that Mother Jones is abhorrent for its political skat, but you are actually no better. Neither of you are objective. This particular article published on Mother Jones was actually quite factual and even missed a few tax breaks that wealthy people use to avoid taxes. If you do not take my word for it then look to investment accounting websites like this one. http://www.investopedia.com/articles/07/oil-tax-break.asp

          • Glenn Sotar

            Curtis, what is your response to Will Haas comments on water vapor and it’s cooling effects? Not trying to start a fight, I honestly want your opinion

          • Curtis A Baker

            I was not going to address the water vapor issue because what was said seems to conflict with just about everything I have ever read about the topic.

          • Glenn Sotar

            OK that is all I need to know.

          • Curtis A Baker

            I enjoy the non political articles that I can read here. https://www.skepticalscience.com/water-vapor-greenhouse-gas.htm

  • Will Haas

    Scientists never registered and voted on the matter. Science is not a democracy. The laws of science are not some sort of legislation. Theories are not confirmed via a voting process. The AGW conjecture is really full of holes. There is no real evidence that CO2 has any affect on climate. The AGW conjecture is based on only partial science. The conjecture ignores the fact that besides being the primary greenhouse gas, H2O is a major coolant in the Earth’s atmosphere. It is not just a matter of clouds. More heat energy is moved by H2O via the heat of vaporization then by both convection and LWIR absorption band radiation combined.

    • Glenn Sotar

      So true, water vapor makes up the majority of green house gases and has the widest variable of them all. The cooling effect of evaporation and condensation are never considered.

      • Will Haas

        Molecule per molecule, H2O is a much stronger IR absorber than CO2 and H2O averages from one to two percent of the atmosphere yet CO2 stands at around .04%. Another major problem with the AGW conjecture is the radiant greenhouse effect itself. A real greenhouse does not stay warm because of the heat trapping effect of so called greenhouse gases. A real greenhouse stays warm because the glass limits cooling by convection. It is a convective greenhouse effect and not a radiant greenhouse effect. So to on Earth. The surface of the Earth is 33 degrees C warmer than it would be otherwise because gravity limits cooling by convection. The convective greenhouse effect as derived from first principals accounts for all 33 degrees that has been observed. There is no room for an additional radiant greenhouse effect caused by the LWIR absorption properties of greenhouse gasses. The convective greenhouse effect has been observed on all planets in the solar system with thick atmospheres. It is a function of the heat capacity of the atmosphere and the pressure gradient ans has nothing to do with the LWIR absorption properties of so called greenhouse gases A radiant greenhouse effect that the AGW conjecture depends has not been observed on Earth nor on any planet in the solar system with a thick atmosphere including Venus. If CO2 actually did affect climate then the increase in CO2 over the past 30 years should have caused an increase in the natural lapse rate in the troposphere but that has not happened. Adding CO2 and H2O to the atmosphere actually lowers the lapse rate which results in cooling, not warming.

        • Curtis A Baker

          Except that your conjecture flys in the face of testable experiments. There are other reasons / variables that must be considered. Burning coal in China without scrubbers has led to increased particulate polution which blocks the green house effect and our oceans absorb a lot of the atmospheric CO2. Once we get to the tipping point where the permafrost starts melting, then atmospheric CO2 and methane will overwhelm our atmosphere. At this point, it will be too late to reverse

          • Curtis A Baker

            The irony is that the clean air act has actually LED to increased danger of global warming. We clean the polution, but not the carbon. I do not believe carbon is a pollutant, but the excess will lead to other problems. Conservatives really need to rethink this issue and take advantage of the financial opportunities that can be reaped. By denial, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to leave the world a better place for your children and to make some serious bank.

          • Will Haas

            I believe that there are many good reasons to be conserving on the use of fossil fuels but climate change is not one of them. What we are doing, burning up our very finite supply of fossil fuels just as quickly as possible it nuts. I would like to use climate change as an additional reason to conserve but the AGW conjecture is just too full of holes for me to defend. The climate change that we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans and Mankind does not have the power to change it. The real ecological problem is Man’s out of control population. If Man does not control his own population then Nature will, catastrophically. Population is the problem that we can and should solve. Trying to control the climate is a totally waste of time, energy, and resources.

          • Curtis A Baker

            Your are correct that there are other great reasons to start moving away from fossil fuels as quickly as possible. Even if all the climate deniers are correct, these same people would gladly accept less dependence on the middle East and cleaner world for their children. If oil was not exported from the middle East, those countries would be dirt poor.

          • Will Haas

            The most important reason is that the supply is very finite yet the relatively recent surge in the Earth’s human population is in part dependent upon its use. Before the supply runs out, Mankind must completely switch to alternate sources of energy as well as reduce our human population to a level were these alternate forms of energy will be sufficient for our needs. Sure, technology has added maybe several hundred years till when the supply runs out which is not really long at all considering the history of Mankind and the history of the Earth. The clock is ticking.

          • Will Haas

            My conjecture?. A major problem with climate science is that one cannot prove anything. There are too many variables. One cannot run definitive and repeatable experiments with the Earth’s climate. As I pointed out, there is no actual radiant greenhouse effect for particular pollution to block. Actually the oceans held a lot more CO2 during the last ice age then they do now because warmer oceans do not hold as much CO2 as cooler oceans. In the past CO2 levels have been more than ten times what they are today and during that time there were both warm periods and ice ages and no tipping point was ever achieved. The previous interglacial period, the Eemian, was warmer than this one with more ice cap melting, and higher sea levels but no tipping point was ever surpassed. In terms of LWIR absorption by gasses in the atmosphere, the primary so called greenhouse gas is H2O so much so that changes in other so called greenhouse gases makes little difference. If one includes all what happens in the atmosphere, H2O provides negative feedbacks to changes in other greenhouse gases so as to mitigate any effect on climate that these other greenhouse gasses could possible have. It is all a matter of science.

          • Curtis A Baker
          • Will Haas

            John Cook’s SKS site is a pseudo scientific, political site dedicated to arguing in favor of the AGW conjecture. Can’t you formulate a response yourself?

          • Curtis A Baker

            As far as the oceans holding more CO2 in the form of carbonic acid, this is not something I subscribe to. A lot of news media are talking about ocean acidification lately. The carbon cycle is something I have been interested in since the late 80’s. Liquid water is always trying to reach equilibrium between the 3 carbon species. Carbonic acid, bicarbonate and carbonate. The oceans are so heavily buffered that they will resist a precipitous decline in pH. The carbonic acid that does slowly absorb, will soon precipitate out as carbonate. The oceans are one of our greatest assets as a carbon sink. The oceans are the great moderator in this debate.
            As for the water vapor, I have less of an opinion about it. Water vapor seems too cool warm blooded animals when it evaporates and humidity seems to make it warmer. The actual temperature does not change. The irony is that warmer air can hold much more humidity than cooler air. If the temperatures increase, then humidity will only get worse.

          • Will Haas

            Colder water can hold a lot more CO2 as can warmer. From the paleoclimate record it is obvious that as an ice age ended and the oceans warmed more CO2 got added to the atmosphere and the reverse happened when the oceans cooled. Over a much longer period, tens to hundreds of millions of years, CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere has been decreasing as both fossil fuel reserves and carbonate rocks have been increasing. Plants get their carbon from CO2. Additional CO2 is often pumped into greenhouses to enhance plant growth. In the distant past CO2 has been more than 10 times what it is today. The ASHRE standard for CO2 in an indoor environment for humans is .1% and right now we are at .04% so in terms of human comfort we have a long way to go. The oceans also do a lot to moderate our climate. The climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans.

            H2O is a major coolant in the Earth’s atmosphere moving heat energy from the surface which is mostly some form of water to where clouds form via the heat of vaporization. More heat energy is moved by H2O via the heat of vaporization then by both convection and LWIR absorption band radiation combined. Adding more H2O to the atmosphere lowers the lapse rate which indicates that adding more H2O to the atmosphere has a cooling effect. Hence H2O provides a negative feedback to processes that cause warming.

          • Curtis A Baker

            Water does not hold CO2 at all. It transforms into carbonic acid and then quickly starts transforming into bicarbonate and carbonate. After reaching a saturation point, no more CO2 is absorbed unless artificially dissolved. I run CO2 injection into my planted aquariums and perform this experiment ona daily basis. I have actually measured this effect and I can tell you it is not just something I read as an intellectual. Yes, plants need the bio available carbon in order to add more volume, but the carbon alone is not enough. Iron and nitrogen also play a huge role along various other elements. Everyone seems to think they are an expert at these topics, but never actually have observed the science. Many climate scientists do not understand what happens to carbon in water and that has led to much of the misunderstanding of global warming. Plants are not net users of carbon unless they are left to grow. As they rot or are harvested, that carbon reenters the carbon cycle.

          • Joe Mendiuk

            That’s very enlightened. Here’s a thought. Maybe humans should not have decimated marine life, including especially mullosks and corals which are highly effective carbon syncs when they are alive. What do you think?

          • Curtis A Baker

            Coral reefs and any organism that utilizes calcium carbonate in their structures are defacto carbon sinks. They bind the carbon from the oceans into their structure and take carbon out of the carbon cycle as long as they are living. In this way they are equivalent to plants. The sherls and reefs have an added advantage because they can persist even after the animal is dead. This fact tends to lock calcium carbonate in the oceans longer than terrestrial plants. Eventually these shells and reefs do dissolve over time releasing the carbon back into the ecosystem. The more acidic the water, the faster this dissolution occurs.

        • Joe Mendiuk

          Good call. We should ban water from the Earth!

          • Will Haas

            And with it all life as we know it?

          • Joe Mendiuk

            Yeah, that comment was obviously designed to illustrate the ridiculousness of this entire discussion.

          • Curtis A Baker
  • https://youtu.be/cPaX3RahUqQ The Professor

    Nov 5, 2015 MELTDOWN MYTH: Antarctic ice growing is just the first ‘EVIDENCE’ global warming is ‘NOT REAL’

    Antarctica is growing not shrinking, the latest satellite records show. You might think this would be great news for all those scientists who have been warning us over the last few years about the impending horrors of “man-made global warming” but in fact they are not happy about it, not one bit.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/617144/Antarctica-not-shrinking-growing-ice-caps-melting

    • Curtis A Baker

      The Antarctic has increase the sea ice extant for a few years, but that does NOT mean that Antarctic has more ice volume. You really need to read the actual reports instead of listening to an anti global warming zealot. Then there is the artic. Not many people posting about the North Pole in your group.

      • https://youtu.be/cPaX3RahUqQ The Professor

        I enjoy you critics who bring no evidence in hand. Pretend much? Take the challenge above then chief!

        • Curtis A Baker

          Evidence is based in fact. You can do your own research on the sea ice extant verses actual ice volume. The problem lies in my suspicion that any evidence I proposed would be shot down with your bias. Keep an open mind and read the real data. Then draw a logical conclusion like I did. Bias is on both sides, but the intelligent conservative will parse the scam from both sides of this debate. I always know when someone has a shut mind because they resort to petty name calling.

        • Curtis A Baker

          This is a great way to see what happens with gas like CO2. Watch it and you will see that the northern hemisphere where more people and plants live create the most CO2 https://www.nasa.gov/press/goddard/2014/november/nasa-computer-model-provides-a-new-portrait-of-carbon-dioxide/#.VsaAMnOIaBY

          • Ronald

            I thought plants take co2 and produce oxygen

          • Curtis A Baker

            Plants take in CO2 during daylight hours and oxygen during night hours. The CO2 they take in gets used as carbon to add new growth Carbon based life forms all trap carbon in their cell structure. The only carbon that plants keep are those atoms used to put on more volume. When plant rot or burn they release that stored carbon back into the environment. There is no net loss of carbon unless the plants are left to keep growing and putting on more volume/mass

    • Mark Bouckaert

      Correct, Antarctica is growing which actually makes sense. We are only taking about a 3 or 4 degree increase and that will actually create more precipitation in that region and add to many of that areas ice.

      • https://youtu.be/cPaX3RahUqQ The Professor

        Thanks’ Mark Bouckaert for your time and comment, and please share the challenge in my other post with the true believer flocks!

  • https://youtu.be/cPaX3RahUqQ The Professor

    Nov 29, 2015 Take the $100,000 Global Warming Believer Challenge!

    Do you believe in the catastrophic anthropogenic global warming hypothesis? Want to help the IPCC with an embarrassing little statistical problem in their latest report? Want to win $100,000? Today James introduces you to Douglas J. Keenan’s $100,000 contest to identify trend-driven time series. Details are in the show notes. Good luck!

  • finnpii

    1120, not 10120.