Climate Depot Editorial
The important work of Danish statistician Bjorn Lomborg’s “Copenhagen Consensus” panel is being marred by the inclusion of Nobel Winning Economist Thomas Schelling. Schelling, in a moment of sheer lunacy or candor — depending on your viewpoint — wished for “tornadoes” and “a lot of horrid things” to convince Americans of a global warming threat in a July 14, 2009 interview with The Atlantic. Schelling also advocated “exaggerating” man-made climate fears in order to scare the public. “You have to find ways to exaggerate the threat,” Schelling said.
Relevant Excerpt: An Interview With Nobel Prize-winning economist Thomas Schelling, Part Two – The Atlantic – July 14, 2009
Schelling excerpt: “…And what I don’t know is whether Americans are really willing to understand that and do anything for the benefit of the unborn Chinese. It’s a tough sell. And probably you have to find ways to exaggerate the threat. And you can in fact find ways to make the threat serious. […]
But I tend to be rather pessimistic. I sometimes wish that we could have, over the next five or ten years, a lot of horrid things happening — you know, like tornadoes in the Midwest and so forth — that would get people very concerned about climate change. But I don’t think that’s going to happen.” [End Schelling Excerpt.]
Schelling’s climate views echo those on the extreme fringe of the climate debate.
Many questions need to be asked:
Why is Lomborg holding Schelling up as some kind of sage on climate and policy when he is espousing such anti-science views?
Why hasn’t Lomborg publicly repudiated Schelling’s comments?
Why has not Schelling apologized or at least attempted to “clarify” his anti-science comments?
Is the science of man-made global warming so weak and the arguments so unmoving, that Nobel Laureates are now reduced to “wishing” for death and destructions on Americans to “convince” them there is a threat? [Editor’s Note: The answer is yes. See: Climate Depot Special Report: Science of man-made climate fears continues to collapse – August 26, 2009 – Also, it appears Mother Nature is not cooperating with Mr. Schelling’s “wish” for more tornadoes so far this year. See: Mild season in Tornado Alley frustrates scientists…’attributing the relative calm not to anything dire, like global warming’ – August 1, 2009]
Mr. Lomborg needs to publicly repudiate Schelling’s comments and seriously consider removing him from the respected “Copenhagen Consensus” team.
Mr. Lomborg needs to address this issue ASAP in order to preserve the integrity of his critically important “Copenhagen Consensus” efforts.
‘It’s not even science any more, it’s anti-science’
Schelling’s views are exactly what UK Scientist Dr. David Bellamy referred to in November 2008. Bellamy, who used to believe in man-made climate fears, but recently reversed himself after new peer-reviewed studies and data came to light, characterized the latest global warming science like this: “The science has, quite simply, gone awry. In fact, it’s not even science any more, it’s anti-science. There is absolutely no proof that carbon dioxide is anything to do with any impending catastrophe.”
Professor Roger Pielke Jr. a professor of environmental studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research at the University of Colorado at Boulder, also wrote about Schelling’s anti-science views on August 14, 2009, in an article titled “Are Some Thoughts Best Left Unsaid?”
Pielke wrote that Schellng explained “why politicians need to exaggerate the threat of global warming and why he hopes for massive disasters.”
Mr. Lomborg needs to address the fact that one of his panelists has degenerated into promoting nothing more than “anti-science” propaganda.
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