Montag, März 05, 2007

No Basis For "Settled Science"


Dr. Allegre now says that he has broken with the dogma of environmentalists. His colleagues are aghast that he would say such a thing.

So what did he say?

That the cause of climate change is unknown.

Unknown. Not the dogma of athropogenesis.

And he isn't a loony: he is the architect of isotope geodynamics. He advised the Apollo program on cosmochemical research.

And he is revulsed by the nihilistic nature of the climate research debate.

To quote:

Calling the arguments of those who see catastrophe in climate change "simplistic and obscuring the true dangers," Dr. Allegre especially despairs at "the greenhouse-gas fanatics whose proclamations consist in denouncing man's role on the climate without doing anything about it except organizing conferences and preparing protocols that become dead letters." The world would be better off, Dr. Allegre believes, if these "denouncers" became less political and more practical, by proposing practical solutions to head off the dangers they see, such as developing technologies to sequester C02. His dream, he says, is to see "ecology become the engine of economic development and not an artificial obstacle that creates fear."

At last we see someone within the climatology world see the forest for the trees.

I've long been highly antagonistic to environmentalism, as they fail virtually any economics test as to the utility of the actions proposed. Stern's use of an absurd discount rate guaranteed his results and choosing a more sensible one - say the risk-free rate of investment - leads to results that are radically different than what Stern claims.

The Copenhagen Consensus is something I can support: finding out what really matters and needs to be solved, rather than what academics desperately want.

Bluntly, the environmentalist movement has been hijacked by the failed power seekers of the left, desperate for a reason to maintain their "critical" - in quotes because it is anything but that - ideologies and the accompanying life style and prestige.

Plus it beats the hell out of actually working for a living, too.

Kudos to Dr. Allegre for his fundamental honesty and integrity.

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