Have I become a believer? We saw Al Gore’s movie and it was very convincing. We on this planet are in deep doo-doo, especially if the glaciers melt. But much as I like Al Gore and think he has gotten a raw deal from the media, what really is the evidence? Al presented a lot of it, but how, in fact, do the climate scientists discover this evidence? What in more detail is it? Must I become a climate scientist? No, but what do actual climate scientists say? Do they in fact agree with Al Gore?
So, I dug around on the Internet and found this op-ed in the Opinion Journal from the Wall Sreet Journal by Richard S. Lindzen who is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at MIT. He rips Al to pieces. Shows total distain for his arguments. Then I stumbled across someone even worse, Lubos Motl, a 33-year old theoretical physicist and tenured track Assistant Professor at Harvard. Again, total disdain for Al Gore and his arguments and for all arguments of those favoring global warming. What am I to do?
You’re to look into this yourself. What I’ve discovered right away is that Lindzen and Motl are “outliers”, not necessarily “liars” but people who have opinions far from the mainstream. That doesn’t mean of course that they are wrong. It’s up to me to understand the arguments. I’ve got a bunch of links now which give the mainstream views. I’m trying to read these now.
Here’s the one I’m reading now: NAS. This is the National Academies Synthesis Report of 155 pages (Yikes!) but it’s supposed to be written so that laypeople can understand the issues. It’s title is “Surface Temperature Reconstructions for the Last 2,000 Years”. Pretty good, huh? I’m up to page 9 so far.