Famous climate change skeptic Dr. Richard Lindzen, atmospheric physicist and Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT is not impressed with the new IPCC report that says there is a "95% certainty" that global warming is caused by man.
"I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence," Dr. Richard Lindzen told Climate Depot, a global warming skeptic news site. "They are proclaiming increased confidence in their models as the discrepancies between their models and observations increase."
This is undeniable, as climate scientists note the discrepancies between reality and their predictive models in the IPCC report itself.
"Germany called for the reference to the slowdown to be deleted, saying a time span of 10-15 years was misleading in the context of climate change, which is measured over decades and centuries," the AP report said. "The U.S. also urged the authors to include the 'leading hypothesis' that the reduction in warming is linked to more heat being transferred to the deep ocean."
Global warming skeptics have exploited such data to show that the science behind manmade global warming is faulty and politically driven.
"[I]n attributing warming to man, they fail to point out that the warming has been small, and totally consistent with there being nothing to be alarmed about," Lindzen said. "It is quite amazing to see the contortions the IPCC has to go through in order to keep the international climate agenda going."
However, believers in catastrophic global warming have said the UN report should serve as a wake-up call to those who would deny the issue's urgency.
"Those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire," said Secretary of State John Kerry. "Once again, the science grows clearer, the case grows more compelling and the costs of inaction grow beyond anything that anyone with conscience or common sense should be willing to even contemplate."
Lindzen is "willing to take bets that global average temperatures in 20 years will in fact be lower than they are now." So far, no takers. This isn't surprising given the fear of politicians who wanted the pause in warming deleted from the report lest they be exposed.
Like most responsible skeptics, Lindzen is not a total denier. But in a 2012 interview, he told the NY Times:
"You have politicians who are being told if they question this, they are anti-science. We are trying to tell them, no, questioning is never anti-science."
Excellent words to live by.