Global Climate Alarmism and Historical Precedents by M.I.T. Prof Richard Lindzen

“Global climate alarmism has been costly to society, and it has the potential to be vastly more costly. It has also been
damaging to science, as scientists adjust both data and even theory to accommodate politically correct positions.7
How can one escape from the Iron Triangle when it produces flawed science that is immensely influential and is forcing catastrophic public policy?…

There are past examples. In the U.S. in the early 20th century, the eugenics movement had coopted the science of human genetics and was driving a political agenda. The movement achieved the Immigration Restriction Act of 1923, as well as forced sterilization laws in several states. The movement became discredited by Nazi atrocities, but the American consequences survived well into the 1960s.8 Global Warming has become a religion. A surprisingly large number of people seem to have concluded that all that gives meaning to their lives is the belief that they are saving the planet by paying attention to their carbon footprint.

…This is not to diminish the importance of the efforts of some scientists to point out the internal inconsistencies. However, this is a polarized world where people are permitted to believe whatever they wish to believe. The mechanisms whereby such belief structures are altered are not well understood, but the evidence from previous cases offers hope that such peculiar belief structures do collapse.”

Richard S. Lindzen, Ph.D., is professor of atmospheric sciences, emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Contact: rlindzen@mit.edu.http://www.jpands.org/vol18no3/lindzen.pdf

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