Noted energy expert and Princeton physicist Dr. Will Happer has sharply criticized global warming alarmism. Happer, author of over 200 scientific papers and a past director of energy research at the Department of Energy, called fears over global warming "mistaken".
"I have spent a long research career studying physics that is closely related to the greenhouse effect", said Happer. "Fears about man-made global warming are unwarranted and are not based on good science."
Dr. Happer views climate change as a predominately natural process. "The earth's climate is changing now, as it always has. There is no evidence that the changes differ in any qualitative way from those of the past."
In 1991, Happer was appointed director of energy research for the US Department of Energy. In 1993, he testified before Congress that the scientific data didn't support widespread fears about the dangers of the ozone hole and global warming, remarks that caused then-Vice President Al Gore to fire him. "I was told that science was not going to intrude on public policy", he said. "I did not need the job that badly".
Happer's latest remarks were made yesterday, as he asked to be included in a Senate Environment and Public Works report of scientists disputing global warming alarmism. Happer joins 650 other scientists on the list, many of whom have been interviewed previously by DailyTech.
"Computer models used to generate frightening scenarios from increasing levels of carbon dioxide have scant credibility," Happer concluded.
In response to Happer's remarks, Senator James Inhofe, ranking minority member of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said, "The endless claims of a consensus on man-made global warming grow less and less credible every day".
quote: Climate science really isn't about misrepresenting statistics.
quote: NOAA and the IPCC won't touch that data
quote: Nice cherry picking there.one shows statistically significant warming (that's the one you ignored), and the other shows statistically insignificant warming
quote: They note that tropospheric model temperatures matched the RSS data better than the UAH data, mainly because RSS's trend was more positive (+0.10, +0.01, and +0.07ºC/decade for RSS, UAH, and models, respectively). The authors were careful to say that models cannot be used "to determine which of the two satellite data sets is closer to reality."
quote: Then surely you are aware that the UAH and RSS data suffer from similar uncertainties
quote: This notion has been thoroughly debunked in the literature.
quote: So please explain the farms under the glaciers. The link does not explain the emperical evidence. You link to a computer generated "reconstruction". While ignoring the emperical evidence that it was warmer.
quote: Global warming does not mean "colder winters".
quote: None of the scientists do that, only the politicians and journalists.
quote: Saline and fresh water have different densities. When you dump a bunch of fresh water into the North Atlantic for example, you can diminish the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic currents that keeps much of the east coast and Europe warm.
quote: We have present day data, and historical data, and models which all agree as to what happens when you dump lots of less dense fresh water into denser saline water. The sensitivity has been heavily discussed and debated over the years, the the same affect still happens regardless.
quote: but it will most likely be one mechanism that helps the transition from our current warm period to the oncoming cold period
quote: We are at the top of a warm period, and it will soon get MUCH colder.
quote: Global warming screws up the ocean currents which bring warm equatorial waters to high latitude areas, meaning those areas are no longer warmed, and they get.... you ready for this.... colder!!
quote: this happens because low density (cold/more salt) water will always move on top higher density water (warm/less salt)
quote: Unfortunately climatology and AGW research is full of smart people speaking beyond there area of expertise. This is true of both critics like Happer and supports like Hansen of GISS....Fossil fuels, while in abundant supply currently, will run out eventually.
quote: Happer is an atomic physicist, not a climatologist. He seems a talented atomic physicist, but that does not make him a talented climatologist or lend credence to his climatological opinions.
quote: climatological phenomena best observerable in broad statistical trends, studies of sun activity and its effects, historic climate studies, and studies on atmosphere dynamics by dedicated experts.
quote: it still takes enormous effort to piece together the whole picture
quote: Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.
quote: Scientists have been increasingly able to attribute the observed ozone depletion to the increase of anthropogenic halogen compounds from CFCs by the use of complex chemistry transport models and their validation against observational data (e.g. SLIMCAT, CLaMS). These models work by combining satellite measurements of chemical concentrations and meteorological fields with chemical reaction rate constants obtained in lab experiments. They are able to identify not only the key chemical reactions but also the transport processes which bring CFC photolysis products into contact with ozone.
quote: Since the adoption and strengthening of the Montreal Protocol has led to reductions in the emissions of CFCs, atmospheric concentrations of the most significant compounds have been declining. These substances are being gradually removed from the atmosphere. By 2015, the Antarctic ozone hole would have reduced by only 1 million km² out of 25 (Newman et al., 2004); complete recovery of the Antarctic ozone layer will not occur until the year 2050 or later.
quote: Didn't they show that holes in the o-zone were cyclic, natural and had not been caused by man?
quote: There's a reason that schoolkids in australia have to wear hats outdoors.
quote: Or the hole in the ozone over the country....
quote: If you have a concise list of claims with sources to back them up, I'd be happy to explain why they are mischaracterized or how they have since been debunked.
quote: utterly discredited ozone hole nonsense
quote: A few, as you point out, have not found any evidence of anything, and are probably just the result of poor experiment or too little data.
quote: He didn't. The story is 15 years old.
quote: Happer's latest remarks were made yesterday..
quote: This is beyond idiotic. Happer is just another mediocre scientist in a tangential field, who wants to blame the loss of his job on the anthropomorphic 'beast' that is climate change.
quote: Because it affects your grandchildren a great deal
quote: I wonder what fantastic crisis they will think of next to terrify people into policy changes?
quote: "science will not intrude on public policy"
quote: "I was told that science was not going to intrude on public policy", he said. "I did not need the job that badly".
quote: A journalist can only report what was said to him.
quote: The last guy I contacted about one of your articles was pretty angry with your mischaracterization of his paper.
quote: The last guy I contacted about one of your articles was pretty angry with your mischaracterization of his paper
quote: If this were the WSJ or the New York Times, they would get blasted for it.
quote: I'm holding to hold Daily Tech to the same standards.
quote: It is interesting that Europe and Japan are doing alright financially (compared to us) while still keeping much more strict environmental goals.
quote: And the latest reports indicate that in 2008, EU CO2 emissions may drop 10% from 2007:
quote: This is simply a lie. U.S. CO2 gas emissions in 2007 was up 19.4% compared to 1990
quote: Finally, more sensible people showing up.
quote: I don't recall the exact quote but his point was that there is no long-term down side to buying into Global Warming.. right or wrong.We should be moving away from 19th century technology anyway. EVEN IF global warming is a total hoax.. if it gets us moving away from fossil fuels it'll be the most brilliant, beneficial hoax ever.
quote: Global Warming (if true and if the modeling is correct) will lead to increasingly erratic weather phenomenon. One prediction is the drastic cooling of Europe as melting polar ice drifts down into the tropical ocean streams.
quote: I'm fairly liberal and I've got a very conservative brother. He's not stupid so it's depressing to see how he parrots the same stupid conservative talking points.
quote: - Though GeoSci is in my Division, it isn't my group. However, through talking with them I'm under the impression that the modeling increasingly matches the experimental [observable] data.