Newsweek’s Dr Lindzen, global warming skeptic?
What does this man really think about global warming?
There are a few problems with the recent Newsweek article by Dr Lindzen, well known global warming skeptic. The first is that he is portrayed as a heroic scientist selflessly bucking the global warming mainstream, the Newsweek article was even careful to point out that: “His research has always been funded exclusively by the U.S. government. He receives no funding from any energy companies.” This is misleading at best, a lie at worst. Dr. Lindzen charges $2500 a day for his consulting services to the coal and oil industry. He has been paid to travel to Washington by same to testify against global warming, he has been paid by a global warming denial think tank, and he’s even taken money from OPEC. Maybe his work at MIT is government funded, but he’s made some nice money from various big energy concerns, not to mention being paid for writing hit pieces against global warming. Being a highly credentialed global warming skeptic is a good way to make money, and Dr Lindzen is cashing in nicely.
Even more fun, let’s look at his research. People have reviewed his scientific papers, and guess what they discovered: Except when Dr Lindzen is writing for media outlets like Newsweek or the Wall Street Journal, he is a major proponent of man made global warming. He co-authored the 2001 National Academy of Science’s report on climate change for example. This study also endorsed the the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that was “virtually certain” that a long list of negative outcomes from global warming is to be expected. People who think that Dr Lindzen’s credentials give veracity to his global warming “skepticism:” Click on the above two links and see what Dr Lindzen really thinks about global warming.
Here’s a hint:
In 2005, James Annan offered to take Lindzen, the MIT meteorologist, up on his bet that global temperatures in 20 years will be cooler than they are now. However, no wager was ever settled on because Lindzen wanted odds of 50-to-1 in his favour. This meant that for a $10,000 bet, Annan would have to pay Lindzen the entire sum if temperatures dropped, but receive only $200 if they rose.
“Richard Lindzen’s words say that there is about a 50 percent chance of [global] cooling,” Annan wrote about the bet. “His wallet thinks it is a 2 percent shot. Which do you believe?”
So I thank all those who brought Dr Lindzen’s Newsweek article to my attention. I urge everyone to take Dr Lindzen’s credentials as a scientist very seriously, he is a major proponent of man made global warming and the more people that know that the better, spread the word! The fact that the good doctor is perfectly willing to accept money for saying different in public may say something about his character, but has no bearing on global warming science.
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