Our regular reader(s) will no doubt recall the good old days when several times each month an opportunity would present itself to debunk some “skeptical” nonsense from one or more of the usual suspects?
That all changed when Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. He was of course much more amenable to lobbying from fossil fuel interests than Barack Obama, and everything went (comparatively!) quiet.
Now that The Don has sailed off into the proverbial sunset and Joe Biden is top dog all that has changed. A return to the (not so) good old days comes as no surprise, and the porky pies have started coming off the denialospheric production line once again.
There have already been a few contrarian ripples on the surface of the climate science seas, which we may well come to in due course. However a set of substantial waves are now visible on the horizon. The proximate cause is the forthcoming summit of the G7 nations, which as luck would have it is taking place just down the road from the Great White Con winter holiday residence in North Cornwall. According to the G7 UK web site:
In June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will welcome fellow G7 leaders to one of the most beautiful parts of the UK: Carbis Bay in Cornwall.
Other parts of the region will also play a key role in the Summit, including neighbouring St Ives, Falmouth and Newquay airport.
With over 400 miles of coastline, Cornwall’s stunning landscape provides a perfect setting for world leaders to come together and discuss how to respond to global challenges like coronavirus and climate change.
Here’s one of my recent pictures of some of that coastline, including part of Cornwall’s industrial heritage and some large waves!
Climate change is top of the G7 agenda along with Covid-19, and you can rest assured that vested interests will not miss any opportunity to promote those interests over the next two months and beyond. By way of example, one of our long standing “usual suspects”, Judith Curry, “tweeted” the following message to her followers on April 17th:
Bravo Steve Koonin https://t.co/UYUpXLVrfg
— Judith Curry (@curryja) April 17, 2021
We haven’t mentioned Steven Koonin before on this blog, but Judith has done so on hers. Back in 2015 Climate Etc. published a guest post by Mr. Koonin, in which he suggested that:
Even though human influences could have serious consequences for the climate, they are physically small in relation to the climate system as a whole. For example, human additions to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by the middle of the 21st century are expected to directly shift the atmosphere’s natural greenhouse effect by only 1% to 2%. Since the climate system is highly variable on its own, that smallness sets a very high bar for confidently projecting the consequences of human influences.
Now he’s at it again, only this time he’s written an entire book about how small the effect of “human additions to carbon dioxide in the atmosphere” will prove to be! The title of Steve’s magnum opus is “Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters.” and as luck would have it the book is due to be published one month before the opening of the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay.
Obviously I haven’t had the privilege of reviewing the book, but its Amazon UK page reveals the table of contents. For some strange reason it makes no mention of the canary in the climate change coal mine. Arctic sea ice.
In Holman W. Jenkins, Jr’s article in the Wall Street Journal, the one which Judy so admires, he points out that:
His book lands at crucial moment. In its first new assessment of climate science in eight years, the U.N. climate panel—sharer of Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize in 2007—will rule anew next year on a conundrum that has not advanced in 40 years: How much warming should we expect from a slightly enhanced greenhouse effect?
Quite so Holman! For further details on the progress of the WSJ’s propaganda campaign and many more Kooninisms please see our new article:
“Allegedly ‘Unsettled Science’ by Steven Koonin et al.“
Meanwhile in Carbis Bay preparations are well under way for the arrival of the G7 delegates:
Watch this space!