Miscellaneous short quotes on environmentalism, global warming and climate change

Freeman Dyson "That is to me the central mystery of climate science. It is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?” link
Oct 2015
Bill Gates "Poor countries ... desperately need cheap sources of energy now to fuel economic growth that lifts families out of poverty. They can't afford today's expensive clean energy solutions and we can't expect them to wait for the technology to get cheaper." link
June 2014
Richard Lindzen
"Science becomes a source of authority rather than a mode of inquiry. The real utility of science stems from the latter; the political utility stems from the former."
Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
"Der deutsche Subventionsrausch frißt seine eigenen Kinder, denn die Pleite der deutschen Solarindustrie ist ein Paradbeispiel für die Folgen von Staatskapitalismus" Die Achse des Guten
May 2013
James Lovelock "We never intended a fundamentalist Green movement that rejected all energy sources other than renewable"
Canada Free Press
Dec 2012
Michael Miersch "Die Öko-Industrie kommt, die Natur geht" www.achgut.com
Jun 2012
Willis Eschenbach "Sustainability is a meaningless feel-good word used to justify whatever projects the authors are pushing this week" WUWT,
Mar 2012
Fred Hoyle, Sir "It is also why those who have engaged in lurid talk over an enhanced greenhouse effect raising the Earth’s temperature by a degree or two should be seen as both demented and dangerous. The problem for the present swollen human species is of a drift back into an ice-age, not away from an ice-age.” 1999, on CCNET
Charlie Martin "All modeling efforts will inevitably converge on the result most likely to lead to further funding" Pajamas Media
30 Aug 11
Christopher Booker "But as the great global warming scare continues to fade away, the real problem is that our politicians have so much collective ego invested in this delusion that, even when hell freezes over, they will still find it impossible to admit they got it wrong" The Telegraph
19 Jun 2011
Freeman Dyson "Unfortunately the global warming hysteria, as I see it, is driven by politics more than by science. If it happens that I am wrong and the climate experts are right, it is still true that the remedies are far worse than the disease that they claim to cure." The Independent
25 Feb 2011
Mad Ridley "...the behemoths of bad news, such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF, spend hundreds of millions of dollars a year and doom is their best fund-raiser" 2010 Down wit Doom
John Ioannidis "There is increasing concern that in modern research, false findings may be the majority or even the vast majority of published research claims." 2005 paper in PLoS Medicine
James Lovelock “I think you have to accept that the sceptics have kept us sane — some of them, anyway... They have been a breath of fresh air. They have kept us from regarding the science of climate change as a religion. It had gone too far that way. There is a role for sceptics in science.” The Times, 14Mar2010
Lubos Motl "In other words, 90% of the salary of an average climate scientist in the world is paid for him or her to say things that support the basic thesis that multiplied the funding by ten - namely the statement that there is a man-made climate change worth talking about or even a dangerous one."
"From the beginning, the IPCC had to be looking for a balance between the truth and their interest to survive. Recently, the survival got much more important than the truth."
The Reference Frame, 15Mar10
Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen "Some university research units have almost become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Government Departments. Their survival, and the livelihoods of their employees, depends on delivering what policy makers think they want." Memorandum to the Science and Technolgy Committee of the UK Parliamant. Feb 10
Ken Hall "Climate science is a unique scientific discipline where research begins at the conclusion and works backwards, selectively adopting (and manipulating) evidence to fit the conclusion. Where the hypothesis never changes, but the evidence changes instead to fit the hypothesis." Comment in WUWT, Feb10
Philip Stott "At the moment, Met Office spokespersons sound extraordinary, bizarre even. They bleat out ‘global warming’ phrases like programmed robotic sheep" From the blog "The Clamour of The Times"
Richard Lindzen "If I, as an American, look at Europe, then I see a continent that does not care about terrorism, that Iran could become a nuclear power, that Islam is expanding. Instead, Europe worries about climate change. That is a form of societal stupidity." Translation from an interview given to the Weltwoche (2007)
Atte Korhola “Wen later generations learn about climate science, they will classify the beginning of 21st century as an embarrassing chapter in history of science. They will wonder our time, and use it as a warning of how the core values and criteria of science were allowed little by little to be forgotten as the actual research topic — climate change — turned into a political and social playground.” Finnish professor, University of Helsinki, Environmental Change Research Unit.
Vaclav Smil " ...forecasts are the mirror of our ignorance, not the embodiments of our understanding..." from "Energy at the Crossroads", 2006
John Reid "..climate prediction, as it is carried out by those organisations which come under the aegis of the IPCC, is not science. It is a superstition similar to astrology or homeopathy" from an excellent article in Quadrant online (Oct.2009)
Michel Rocard " Le principe c'est que... la terre est protégée de radiations excessives du soleil par l'effet de serre, c'est à dire une espèce de protection nuageuse, (euh)... enfin protection .....gazeuse, qui, dans l'atmosphère, est relativement opaque aux rayons du soleil et quand nous émettons du gaz carbonique ou du méthane ou du protoxyde d'azote -un truc qu'il y a dans les engrais agricoles-, on attaque ces gaz. On diminue la protection de l'effet de serre et la planète se transforme lentement en poêle à frire. Le résultat serait que les arrières petits enfants de nos arrières petits enfants ne pourront plus vivre. La vie s'éteindra à 7-8 générations, ce qui est complètement terrifiant.
Alors pour faire ça, il faut diminuer ce qu'on émet comme oxyde de carbone (sic !) et on a commencé à attaquer les grandes ....sources qui sont la production d'électricité et les productions comme les ciments etc..."
This is M. Rocard's explanation of the greenhouse effect. He is a former French president, author of a report asking for a carbon tax ("taxe carbone") to be introduced in France to "save the planet". Loud laughing mandatory! [July 2009]
Benny Peiser "Climate alarmism has turned into a Frankenstein monster that threatens to devour its own designers" CCCnet, 04Sep09
Robert Cess the [models] may be agreeing now simply because they’re all tending to do the same thing wrong. It’s not clear to me that we have clouds right by any stretch of the imagination.” (1997) from Roy Spencer's blog
Maurizio Morabito AGW could become (such) a consensual paradigm for an intellighentsia that has lost all hopes. Blog
Richard Lindzen ...the notion that climate is one-dimensional -- which is to say, that it is totally described by some fictitious global mean temperature and some single gross forcing a la increased CO2 -- is grotesque in its oversimplification ICCC 2009. Full expose here.
Jeff Jacoby ...for many people, the science of climate change is not nearly as important as the religion of climate change. The Boston Globe: Where's global warming?
Gregg Easterbrook Predict catastrophe no sooner than five years hence but no later than 10 years away, soon enough to
terrify but distant enough that people will forget if you are wrong.
The "Law of Doomsaying":
Stephen Ceci ,
Wendy M. Williams

When scientists are silenced by colleagues, administrators, editors and funders who think that simply asking certain questions is inappropriate, the process begins to resemble religion rather than science. Under such a regime, we risk losing a generation of desperately needed research.”


Nature 457, p, 789, 
12Feb 2009


W. Hazeleger  In the past century the sea level has risen twenty centimeters. There is no evidence for accelerated sea-level rise. It is my opinion that there is no need for drastic measures. It is wise to adopt a flexible, step-by-step adaptation strategy. By all means, let us not respond precipitously. KNMI, Netherlands
Dec 2008
H L Mencken
*1980   +1956
The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it.
Joseph H. Reichholf ...dass man sich eine kritische Position zum Mainstream nur leisten kann, wenn man selbst nicht mehr auf Forschungsmittel schielen muss. Dec.2008
Richard Lindzen

What historians will definitely wonder about in future centuries is how deeply flawed logic, obscured by shrewd and unrelenting propaganda, actually enabled a coalition of powerful special interests to convince nearly everyone in the world that CO2 from human industry was a dangerous, planet-destroying toxin. It will be remembered as the greatest mass delusion in the history of the world - that CO2, the life of plants, was considered for a time to be a deadly poison. 

Oct. 2008
Richard Lindzen The consensus was reached before the research had even begun several years ago
Minister Hutton, UK No coal plus no nuclear equals no lights. No power. No future. Sep. 2008
Nigel Lawson Environmentalism is an unlimited license to intrude. June 2008
M. Maxeiner Zu Ende gedacht, ist jedes Baby eine kleine Klimakatastrophe, es verbraucht nicht nur 5000 Windeln, sondern wird obendrein lebenslang CO2 ausatmen. Am klimafreundlichsten verhalten sich eigentlich die Toten. July 2008
G. Will The green left preaches pessimism: Ineluctable scarcities (of energy, food, animal habitats, humans' living space) will require a perpetual regime of comprehensive rationing. The green left understands that the direct route to government control of almost everything is to stigmatize, as a planetary menace, something involved in almost everything -- carbon. July 2008

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