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Reader’s comment: Unfathomable silliness

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In response to Harry Wilkinson: Top scientist shoots the climate-change alarmists down in flames, Avoided Cranium wrote:

Professor Lindzen’s conclusion in full: Misrepresentation, exaggeration, cherry picking, or outright lying pretty much covers all the so-called evidence.

So there you have it. An implausible conjecture backed by false evidence and repeated incessantly has become politically correct ‘knowledge’, and is used to promote the overturn of industrial civilisation. What we will be leaving our grandchildren is not a planet damaged by industrial progress, but a record of unfathomable silliness as well as a landscape degraded by rusting wind farms and decaying solar panel arrays. False claims about 97 per cent agreement will not spare us, but the willingness of scientists to keep mum is likely to much reduce trust in and support for science. Perhaps this won’t be such a bad thing after all – certainly as concerns ‘official’ science.

There is at least one positive aspect to the present situation. None of the proposed policies will have much impact on greenhouse gases. Thus we will continue to benefit from the one thing that can be clearly attributed to elevated carbon dioxide: namely, its effective role as a plant fertiliser, and reducer of the drought vulnerability of plants. Meanwhile, the IPCC is claiming that we need to prevent another 0.5°C of warming, although the 1°C that has occurred so far has been accompanied by the greatest increase in human welfare in history. As we used to say in my childhood home of the Bronx: ‘Go figure’.

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