Climate change quotes

“If I’d written a book called “What We Don’t Know about Climate Science,” it would have been an encyclopedia.”
Kerry Emanuel

“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate” – Michael Crichton

We have no reason to think that climate change is harmful if you look at the world as a whole. Most places, in fact, are better off being warmer than being colder. And historically, the really bad times for the environment and for people have been the cold periods rather than the warm periods.  Freeman Dyson

“doing nothing for fifty years is a much better option than any active political measures to control climate.”

“Global warming is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life.” –Hal Lewis

“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy… But one must say clearly, we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy… This has almost nothing to do with environmental policy anymore”… UN IPCC WG3 Co-Chairman Ottmar Edenhofer

No reviewer has ever asked to see the data.  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK.

“We have a vested interest in creating panic, because then money will flow to climate science.” John Christy

“The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.” Will Happer

You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide.’ RIP: Renowned Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Reid Bryson

Don’t fight climate change, be a conscientious objector.

Calling climate science “settled,” is an embarrassment to science.

Very little research has ever been funded to search for natural mechanisms of warming… it has simply been assumed that global warming is manmade.  Roy W. Spencer, University of Alabama in Huntsville

The Kyoto Protocol is a political solution to a non-existent problem without scientific justification.  Dr. Timothy Ball, former climatology professor

We only understand 10 percent of the climate issue. That is not enough to wreck the world economy with Kyoto-like measures.  Henk Tennekes, former research director, Dutch Royal Meteorological Institute

Not only do journalists not have a responsibility to report what skeptical scientists have to say about global warming, they have a responsibility not to report what these scientists say.  Ross Gelbspan, former editor of The Boston Globe

I think if we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of saving the world ecologically.  Judi Bari, Earth First! Member

Some people will do anything to save the earth . . . except take a science course.  P. J. O’Rourke, author, journalist

We have to offer up scary scenarios (about global warming) … …each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.  Stephen Schneider, Stanford University environmentalist

There is no reason to give them any data, in my opinion, and I think we do so at our own peril!  Michael Mann, Director Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University

We are nowhere close to knowing where energy is going or whether clouds are changing to make the planet brighter … We are not close to balancing the energy budget.  Kevin Trenberth, National Center For Atmospheric Research, USA

Kevin and I will keep them out [of the IPCC Report] somehow – even if we have to redefine what the “peer-review literature” is!  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK.

Observations do not show rising temperatures throughout the tropical troposphere …

This is just downright dangerous.  Peter Thorne, Hadley Centre, Met Office, UK

Weighting the solar irradiance more strongly in the models, then much of the 19th to mid 20th century warming can be explained from the sun alone.  Rob Wilson, School of Geography & Geosciences, University of St Andrews

This will reduce the 1940-1970 cooling in Northern Hemisphere temperatures.

Explaining the cooling with sulphates won’t be quite as necessary.  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK

We found the [urban warming] effect is pretty big in the areas we analyzed.

Unfortunately, when we sent our comments to the IPCC AR4, they were mostly rejected.  Guoyu Rean, National Climate Centre (NCC) of China, Beijing

How can we be critical of Crowley for throwing out 40-years in the middle of his calibration, when we’re throwing out all post-1960 data.  Tim Osborn, Climatic Research Unit, UEA, UK

It will not be models or theory, but observation that will provide the answer to the question of how the climate will change in many decades time.  Andrew Watson, School of Environmental Sciences, UEA, UK

I doubt the modeling world will be able to get away with this [tuning] much longer.  Tim Barnett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Basic problem is that all models are wrong – not got enough middle and low level clouds.  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK.

Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we get – and has to be well hidden.  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK.

Everyone in IPCC WG3 should be terminated and, if the institution is to continue, it should be re-structured from scratch.  Steve McIntyre, Climate Audit

Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?  Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK

As a practical matter of politics, nobody knows what Kyoto is or what it commits us to.  Michael Ignatieff , former leader, Liberal Party of Canada

Isn’t the only hope for the planet that the industrialized civilizations collapse? Isn’t it our responsibility to bring that about?  Maurice Strong, Senior Advisor to UN Secr-General Kofi Annan

We’ve got to ride the global-warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is<wrong, we will be doing the right thing, in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.  Timothy Wirth, Clinton Administration Under Secretary of State

Skepticism is the highest of duties, and unverified belief the one unpardonable sin.  Thomas H. Huxley, Biologist

I think if we don’t overthrow capitalism, we don’t have a chance of saving the world ecologically.  Judi Bari, Earth First! Member

Consensus is the business of politics. If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. If it’s science, it isn’t consensus. Period.  Michael Crichton, author

Until a continuous climate observing system is established, both climate models and observations will remain uncertain.  Wielicki et al. Science June 21, 2002

The minute you begin to believe your own hypothesis, you’re a dead duck as a scientist.  Frank Beales – former U. of Toronto Professor

I would freely admit that on global warming we have crossed the boundary from news reporting to advocacy.  Charles Alexander, Time magazine science editor

No matter if the science is all phony, there are collateral environmental benefits…Climate change provides the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.  Christine Stewart, former Canadian Environment Minister

There is no individual model that does well in all of the SST [sea surface temperature] and water vapor tests we’ve applied.  Ben Santer, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA

So using the 20th century for tuning [the IPCC models] is just doing what some people have long suspected us of doing.  Gabriele Hegerl, Nicholas School for the Environment and Earth Sciences, Duke University

Any work we have done in the past is done on the back of the research grants we get – and has to be well hidden.   Phil Jones, Director of Climate Research Unit, UEA, UK.

The following 8 quotes were copied from Steve Goreham’s web page:

1. If the atmosphere was a 100 story building, our anthropogenic CO2 contribution today would be equivalent to the linoleum on the first floor. By comparison, water vapor, a far more potent greenhouse gas, on average would occupy on average one floor and at times, especially in the tropics, up to four floors.     —Dr. Joseph, D’Aleo, Icecap web site, Aug. 15, 2007

2. “High resolution records from Antarctic ice cores show that carbon dioxide concentrations increased…600±400 years after the warming…”     —Dr. Hubertus Fischer et al., Science, 1999

3. “Al Gore likes to say that mankind puts 70 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every day. What he probably doesn’t know is that mother nature puts 24,000 times that amount of our main greenhouse gas—water vapor—into the atmosphere every day and removes about the same amount every day. While this does not ‘prove’ that global warming is not man-made, it shows that weather systems have by far the greatest control over the Earth’s greenhouse effect, which is dominated by water vapor and clouds.”     —Dr. Roy Spencer website, “Global Warming and Nature’s Thermostat,” January 28, 2008

4. “With each passing year, experimental observations further undermine the claim of a large positive feedback from water. In fact, observations suggest that the feedback is close to zero or may even be negative.”    —Dr. William Happer, statement before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Feb. 25, 2009

5. “The fundamental reason why carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is critically important to biology is that there is so little of it. A field of corn growing in full sunlight in the middle of the day uses up all the carbon dioxide within a meter of the ground in about five minutes. If the air were not constantly stirred by convection currents and winds, the corn would stop growing.”     —Dr. Freeman Dyson, Edge website, Aug. 8, 2007

6. “…the global surface albedo [surface whiteness] and greenhouse gas changes account for practically the entire global climate change.”     —Dr. James Hansen, Storms of My Grandchildren: The Truth About the Coming Climate Catastrophe and Our Last Chance to Save Humanity, 2009, p. 49

7. “…the contribution of greenhouse gases to the Vostok temperature changes can be…between a lower estimate of 40% and a higher estimate of 65%.”     —Dr. Claude Lorius et al., Nature, Sep. 13, 1990

8. “About fifty million years ago…geological evidence indicates CO2 levels were several thousand ppm, much higher than now. And life flourished abundantly.”     —Dr. William Happer, First Things, June/July 2011

“Sea levels have been rising for the last 25,000 years because there is ice on land that is slowly melting—about an inch per decade. This is completely normal.” John Christy

“Popular scare stories that weather extremes – hurricanes, tornadoes, droughts, floods — are getting worse are not based on fact.”

“In the U.S., high temperature records are not becoming more numerous.
Climate models significantly overestimated warming during the past 15 years.”

“Even if climate models were correct, a 50% reduction in U.S. CO2 emissions by 2050 would avert only 0.07°C of warming by 2100.”

“If a policy is not economically sustainable, it’s not politically sustainable.”

“The climate change impact of enhancing CO2 concentrations has so far been small compared to the public health and biospheric benefits provided by affordable, carbon-based energy.”

John Christy [Last 5 quotes]

“These models can’t even predict what happened in the past, doesn’t that ring alarm bells in your mind about trusting this as a policy tool?” John Christy

‘Extreme events, like the recent U.S. drought, will continue to occur, with or without human causation’  John Christy


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