Trashes Biden’s assertion that climate change “is an existential threat” – Video
Obama’s Undersecretary on Energy Steve Koonin disputes the climate-change propaganda peddlers.
Words like existential threat, climate crisis, climate emergency, “are really at odds with what the science says,” Koonin.
Steven E. Koonin, who was chief scientist of the Obama Energy Department, argues that what the media and politicians and activists say about climate science has drifted so far out of touch with the actual science as to be absurdly, demonstrably false.
Mr. Koonin, a Brooklyn-born math whiz and theoretical physicist, was a professor of physics at Caltech for nearly three decades and served as provost in charge of setting the scientific agenda for one of the country’s premier scientific institutions.
In examining the world’s energy system, he became convinced that the real climate crisis was a crisis of political and scientific candor. He went to his boss and said, “John, the world isn’t going to be able to reduce emissions enough to make much difference.”
Hence the book coming out next month, “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.”
“I’ve been building models and watching others build models for 45 years,” says Koonin. Climate models “are not to the standard you would trust your life to or even your trillions of dollars to.” Younger scientists in particular lose sight of the difference between reality and simulation:
Even though Koonin agrees that the world has warmed by 1 degree Celsius since 1900 and will warm by another degree this century, he sees anything in the offing that justifies the rapid and wholesale abandoning of fossil fuels while China, India, Brazil, Indonesia and others continue pursuing prosperity.
And even though the world has warmed by 1 degree Celsius since 1900, the rate of warming was not consistent. It warmed from about 1910 to 1940. But then it cooled. Then it began warming again in about 1980.
So even though human influences increased steadily during that time, the warming has not at all been steady, “which tells you that other things are happening.”
No detectable human influence.
Hurricanes? The science shows no detectable human influence on hurricanes, says Koonin.
Sea-level rise? Sea levels are now rising at the same rate they were 80 years ago, Kunin asserts.
Global warming? In the United States, high temperature records are no more frequent than they were in the 1900s.
There are long-term climate cycles, says Koonin, “and we’re doing a pretty good job of ignoring those cycles.”
The public now believes CO2 is something that can be turned up and down, but about 40% of the CO2 emitted a century ago remains in the atmosphere. Any warming it causes emerges slowly, so any benefit of reducing emissions would be small and distant. Everything Mr. Koonin and others see in the science suggests a slow, modest effect, not a runaway warming.
Even John Kerry, Joe Biden’s climate czar, recently admitted that Mr. Biden’s “net-zero” climate plan will have zero effect on the climate if developing countries don’t go along (and they have little incentive to do so).