Our friend Bill Quick over at the Daily Pundit has posted an msnbc.com article reporting that James Lovelock, author of the highly-influential (if somewhat fanciful) “Gaia” theory of the earth as a single organism, and one of the world’s most influential advocates for global warming, has decided that maybe his forecasts were in error. According to Ian Johnston at msnbc.com, “the professor admitted in a telephone interview that he now thinks he had been “extrapolating too far” when he said ‘before this century is over billions of us will die and the few breeding pairs of people that survive will be in the Arctic where the climate remains tolerable.’ ”
“The world has not warmed up very much since the millennium. Twelve years is a reasonable time… it (the temperature) has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising — carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that,” he added.
For those who question the significance of ten years’ data on a phenomenon that embraces centuries or more of behavior, we share some skepticism — but scientists supporting the advent of climate change insist that ten years is significant. According to David Morrison, author of “Disinformation about Global Warming,:”
…trends in climate require at least a decade to reveal themselves.
At least a decade — well, maybe the jury is still out. But regarding certain other apocolyptic sages in the climate wars, Dr. Lovelock was less ambiguous:
He pointed to Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” and Tim Flannery’s “The Weather Makers” as other examples of “alarmist” forecasts of the future.
But Dr. Lovelock is still concerned about climate change. According to Morrison, he now believes that “human-caused carbon dioxide emissions were driving an increase in the global temperature, but added that the effect of the oceans was not well enough understood and could have a key role.”
“It (the sea) could make all the difference between a hot age and an ice age,” he said.
And who, actually, is Dr. Lovelace? According to Nature’s Oliver Morton:
“Jim Lovelock has no university, no research institute, no students. His almost unparalleled influence in environmental science is based instead on a particular way of seeing things.”
And people wonder why, in spite of “settled science” and “the verdict of the vast majority of scientists,” there remain some who have the temerity to challenge the authority of a democratic election. The votes are in and counted. Most people believe that the heavier something is, the faster it falls; that the earth is the center of the universe, and that solar eclipses are caused by dragons eating the sun. Let the people speak. Let the people rule.