[This article was originally published on June 29, 2020 by EnvironmentalProgress.org. We are reproducing it here under the fair use doctrine. It is a refreshingly honest presentation by Michael Shellenberger, an environmentalist who once accepted and actively promoted the idea that catastrophic anthropogenic global warming was occurring. After critically examining the AGW hypothesis, he has concluded that it is not supported by the facts, and consequently is apologizing for having participated in this misinformation campaign. Ed.]
They want to ban coal, oil and gas. Exactly how will they replace them? Who wins? Who loses?
Berkeley, CA, Takoma Park, MD and other cities; California, Connecticut, New York, Virginia and other states; Germany, England and other countries; the European Union – all plan to banish oil, natural gas and coal within 10, 20 or 30 years. A number of US states have joined Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiatives and proudly say We Are Still In … the Paris climate treaty, no matter what President Trump says or does.
Burnett: You coauthored a book titled Lukewarming: The New Climate Science that Changes Everything. What is the thesis of the book?
Michaels: Global warming is often presented as one of two alternative visions: left unattended, it will bring about an unmitigated disaster with tremendous consequences to humanity and the planet; or there is really “no such thing”—meaning little to no warming and little to no influence of human greenhouse-gas emissions on climate.
[This interview was originally published by the Heartland Institute on December 5th, 2019. It is being printed here with the permission of Dr. H. Sterling Burnett from the Heartland Institute.]
A newly published paper, titled “Evaluating the Performance of Past Climate Model Projections,” mistakenly claims climate models have been remarkably accurate predicting future temperatures. The paper is receiving substantial media attention, but we urge caution before blindly accepting the paper’s assertions.