The PJ Tatler

Huntsman buys climate change malarkey

Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman – not exactly burning up the campaign trail – has turned to man-made global warming theory to attack frontrunner Rick Perry, who is skeptical of AGW.

“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,” Huntsman told ABC’s “This Week.”

Oh, really? What’s the best word for this? Balderdash? Baloney? Just plain BS?

Huntsman is the one who is being scientifically out of it here. Since the Climategate revelations of 2009, many scientists have emerged to question the anthropogenic global warming orthodoxy so beloved of UN bureaucrats. One of the most notable of these skeptics is the highly-regarded Richard Lindzen, an atmospheric physicist and Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT. Dr. Lindzen has a new paper out on climate sensitivity, co-authored with Yong-Sang Choi, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Korea.

Huntsman would be well-advised to read it, but my guess is that he can’t. Most politicians don’t have the scientific background to be able to comprehend papers by the likes Lindzen and Choi. Barely able to define the Second Law of Thermodynamics (high school physics) the pols rely on the advice of others. So Al Gore, literally a ‘D’ student, ends up lecturing the world on climate science. And Jon Hunstman listens.

ONE MORE THING (as someone else once said): Citing a numbers game in science (as in 95% of scientists say) is exactly antithetical to the scientific method. Wake up, Hunstman.