No idea what’s driving climate change
Can I suggest that Colin Bell conduct some research on greenhouse gases (GHG) thermal and infra-red spectroscopic behaviours before blaming climate change on the oil and gas industry.
The question he needs to ask himself is why all the established science around GHG thermodynamics and IR behaviour is ignored by the climate science community. The reasons will take another article to explain. But I would like to quote one of the top global climate scientists, Dr Kevin Trenberth, an advocate of global warming caused by humans. This quote is from his 2015 paper entitled ‘‘Climate variability and relationships between top-of atmosphere radiation and temperature on earth’’. The final sentence of the paper’s abstract says ‘‘The observational record is too short, weather noise too great, and forcing too small to make reliable estimates of climate sensitivity’’. (Climate sensitivity is defined as response to a CO2 doubling).
Your concluding remark on public opinion and government policies reflecting public opinion is so true.
Sadly, the public, and in this case the NZ government, has no idea about issues driving climate change and for that I blame the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It is only when scientists retire from their government funding organisations that some of them feel liberated to comment on science rather than political science.
To quote an ex-IPCC reviewer, Dr Vincent Gray, PhD in Physical Chemistry from University of Cambridge UK: ‘‘The Global Warming Scam has been perpetrated in order to support the environmentalist belief that the earth is being harmed by the emission of greenhouse gases from the combustion of fossil fuels. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was set up to provide evidence for this belief.
‘‘They have published four major (now six) reports which are widely considered to have proved it to be true. This paper examines the evidence in detail and shows that none of the evidence presented confirms a relationship between emissions of greenhouse gases and any harmful effect on the climate. It is the result of 18 years of scrutiny and comment on IPCC reports and of a study of the scientific literature associated with it.’’
Lauchlan Duff, Oakura