Local scientist calls global warming theory ‘hooey’


The Capital Times – June 18, 2007

You don’t see too many articles that include the word “hooey” in the title! This is a pretty strong statement and I would be inclined to not discuss it except that this guy is a superstar in the field of weather study. Dr. Bryson is known as the father of climatology, so whatever he says on the subject of global warming needs to be understood.

The article is basically broken up into two parts.  The first part is a fairly candid conversation with Dr. Bryson and the second part is more background information on the current status of the trends in climatology with a quote or two that says that Dr. Bryson is wrong.  I welcome this approach since it tends to balance the viewpoint although I fear that it does diminish the importance of the thinking of Dr. Bryson.

For the purposes of this entry, I will primarily quote from the first part of the article.  I encourage you to read the entire article to get the full balanced viewpoint.

The UW-Madison professor emeritus, who stands against the scientific consensus on this issue, is referred to as a global warming skeptic. But he is not skeptical that global warming exists, he is just doubtful that humans are the cause of it.

There is no question the earth has been warming. It is coming out of the “Little Ice Age,” he said in an interview this week.

“However, there is no credible evidence that it is due to mankind and carbon dioxide. We’ve been coming out of a Little Ice Age for 300 years. We have not been making very much carbon dioxide for 300 years. It’s been warming up for a long time,” Bryson said.

The Little Ice Age was driven by volcanic activity. That settled down so it is getting warmer, he said.

Just because almost all of the scientific community believes in man-made global warming proves absolutely nothing, Bryson said. “Consensus doesn’t prove anything, in science or anywhere else, except in democracy, maybe.”

Speaking out against global warming is like being a heretic, Bryson noted…..”There is a lot of money to be made in this,” he added. “If you want to be an eminent scientist you have to have a lot of grad students and a lot of grants. You can’t get grants unless you say, ‘Oh global warming, yes, yes, carbon dioxide.'”

Bryson said he recently wrote something on the subject and two graduate students told him he was wrong, citing research done by one of their professors. That professor, Bryson noted, is probably the student of one of his students.

Bryson didn’t see Al Gore’s movie about global warming, “An Inconvenient Truth.” “Don’t make me throw up,” he said. “It is not science. It is not true.”

This is really just a small part of the article.  Click through to read the entire conversation.

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