By Paul Homewood
h/t Bishop Hill
Mark Walport, the government’s chief scientist and expert in immunology, has been submitting evidence to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee. Asked about Matt Ridley’s view, (backed up by Richard Tol’s analysis), that global warming would bring net benefits over the next 40-50 years, he replied:
I understand the point [Ridley] is trying to make but I think he’s completely wrong unfortunately. While there might be trivial benefits in some parts of the world for some of the time the long term direction for all of us is a negative direction. And frankly I think he is…he described himself as a “rational optimist”. I’m not sure about the rational bit.
He has obviously forgotten what proper scientists were saying during the 1970’s, after three decades of cooling.
Scientists like Walter Orr Roberts, atmospheric physicist and first director of NCAR, the National Center for…
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