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CLIMATE ALARM - Where Does it Come From?

Richard S. Lindzen
Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences
Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marshall Institute
December 1, 2004
(A copy of this lecture is available to anyone who either leaves me their email address or emails their request to

My experiences over the past 16 years have led me to the discouraging conclusion that we are dealing with the almost insoluble interaction of an iron triangle with an iron rice bowl.

Moreover, politicization of the global warming issue has rendered real communication almost impossible.

First, it leads to a meaningless polarization associated with meaningless questions:
Do you believe in global warming?
Are you a skeptic or a believer?

The sad tale of the iron triangle (of alarmism) and the iron rice bowl (of science)

Should the scientist ever feel any guilt over the matter, it is assuaged by two irresistible factors:

  1. The advocates define public virtue; and
  2. His administrators are delighted with the grant overhead.