Friday, June 12, 2009

Pilmer blows up global warming (models)

Robert Tracinski and Tom Minchin in Jewish World Review with a review of Pilmer's Heaven and Earth: Global Warming: The Missing Science. Pilmer is identified as a "leading Australian geologist".

Since the Australian government first introduced its Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) legislation-the Australian version of cap-and-trade energy rationing-there has been a sharp shift in public opinion and political momentum against the global warming crusade, and Professor Plimer's book has been one of the driving forces in that political reversal. This is a story that offers hope to defenders of industrial civilization-and a warning to American environmentalists that the climate change they should be afraid of just might be a shift in the intellectual climate....

T&M then cite an April 13th book review by "leading global warming hysteric" Paul Sheehan in the Sydney Morning Herald:

He describes Plimer, correctly, as "one of Australia's foremost Earth scientists," and praised the book as "brilliantly argued" and "the product of 40 years' research and breadth of scholarship."

What does Plimer's book say? Here is Sheehan's summary:

Much of what we have read about climate change, [Plimer] argues, is rubbish, especially the computer modeling on which much current scientific opinion is based, which he describes as "primitive."�

The Earth's climate is driven by the receipt and redistribution of solar energy. Despite this crucial relationship, the sun tends to be brushed aside as the most important driver of climate. Calculations on supercomputers are primitive compared with the complex dynamism of the Earth's climate and ignore the crucial relationship between climate and solar energy....

In response, this is Sheehan's conclusion: "Heaven and Earth is an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence."...

Plimer is not a "skeptic," a term which would imply that he merely has a few doubts about the global warming claims. Instead, he rejects the whole myth outright...His role, Plimer says, is to show "that the emperor has no clothes."...


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