Quote of the Century—Consensus Edition

Speaking for many scientists and engineers who have looked carefully and independently at the science of climate, we have a message to any candidate for public office: There is no compelling scientific argument for drastic action to “decarbonize” the world’s economy. Even if one accepts the inflated climate forecasts of the IPCC, aggressive greenhouse-gas control policies are not justified economically.

–Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris
–J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting
–Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University
–Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society
–Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
–William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton
–Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.
–William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
–Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT
–James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University
–Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences
–Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne
–Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator
–Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
–Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service
–Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva
From the Wall Street Journal

(And, for the -two of the one-two punch:)

And it is likely that more CO2 and the modest warming that may come with it will be an overall benefit to the planet.


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