Michael Schlesinger emails back
After reading the obnoxiously threatening email Mr. Schlesinger sent to a reporter, I emailed him my thoughts on the subject. Amazingly, he emailed back. The response is below.
While I was pleasantly surprised that his tone was far more reasoned than the email he composed to the reporter, I wasn’t shocked that he assumes me too ignorant to know that physics is hardly a hands-down support system for AGW.
Thank you for your e-mail message to me below.
Science has known for over 100 years that our burning fossil fuels – Nature’s gift to humanity, without which we would have been in a perpetual dark age – would cause global warming/climate change.
The physics underpinning this is irrefutable.
The physical evidence of human-caused global warming/climate change is all around us, and is undeniable.
We can either choose to:
(1) Ignore this physics and physical evidence of global warming/climate change and, thereby, risk the irreversible outcome therefrom;
(2) Face the problem squarely and begin the very difficult task of transitioning ourselves this century from the fossil-fuel age to the post fossil-fuel age.
In my public lectures and debates, I advise the world to choose Option 2.
I sense that in about 20 years time, if I am still alive, people will say to me: “Why didnt you tell us about human-caused global warming/climate change?” I will reply, ”But I did, for almost 60 years.” ”Yes, they will say, but why did you not make us believe it?” And I will respond, “Because you chose to not so do”.
I can no longer aid a journalist who aids those who recommend Option 1, thereby putting the world at great risk. And so I have now ceased to do so – the ‘Great Cutoff’.
Elena, you are probably much younger than I, hence this is your planet.
I hope that you will make informed decisions about her well-being and yours.
P.S. What does GIGO-laden code mean?
On Dec 7, 2009, at 6:38 PM, emelks wrote:
reveals you as a thug, not a scientist. Enjoy what little limelight remains, we the people aren’t going to submit to your GIGO-laden code.
My response to him:
Thank you for a reasoned response.
I’ve spent the past week plowing through the code leaked from UEA and am appalled at the outright fraud committed in the code. It’s obscene.
My best friend is a physicist and he refutes the notion that physics absolutely proves AGW. He posits that solar fluctuations are solely responsible for climate variation and that the brouhaha over AGW is nothing more than politics abusing science as an alternative to religion.
Furthermore, as a serious gardener I watch weather carefully and I can say with absolute certainty that the climate in my area has cooled noticeably in the past 4 years. I don’t need Kevin Trenberth to tell me what my own experience has proven. That the junk code I’ve read can’t predict a significant trend in the other direction–even with, or perhaps due to, the hardcoded “fudge factors”–indicates to me that models aren’t worth the electrons used to run them.
I am young, with children, and I refuse to throw away their futures based upon fatally flawed models and politicians’ rhetoric. I want my children to enjoy the prosperity and freedoms with which I grew up and I will not stand idly by and watch it all purposefully destroyed to advance anyone’s political agenda.
Thanks again, and I hope you plan to revisit your assumptions based upon the information revealed from UEA.
PS–GIGO means garbage in garbage out.