Yesterday the New York Times and other media outlets repeated the lie that I am a climate denier.
I usually ignore such potentially defamatory statements or I would defend myself every week.
To improve the record, I believe this: I’ll let you decide if I’m a climate denier.
- I believe the climate system has warmed (we’re creating one of the global datasets that shows exactly what is prevalent in the climate community) and the CO2 emissions from burning fossil fuels are contributing to that warming. I’ve been saying this for many years.
- I believe that future warming from doubling atmospheric CO2 would be somewhere in the range of 1.5-2 degrees. C, which is actually in the expected warming range, has been refined by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for 30 years. (It could be less, but we just don’t know.)
As the people who visit this blog frequently know, I have held these views for many years. I routinely challenge other skeptics to believe things like “There’s no such thing as a greenhouse effect” or “There’s no way a cold atmosphere can make the surface of the earth warmer.”
Why is Roy Spencer called a Climate Denier?
In the case of global warming, alarmists seem to insist that you have to believe that global warming is a “crisis” or an “emergency” or you will be thrown under the bus.
They claim we need to use expensive (and ineffective) alternative sources of energy. But like Björn Lomborg (who actually believes in the alarmist predictions of future warming) and many others, I believe that if we give up fossil fuels before alternative technologies are abundant, affordable and practical, it will be much worse for humanity.
Human prosperity requires access to affordable energy, which is required for almost all human activities. It is immoral to deny fossil fuel electricity to the world’s poor, and its replacement in even the richest countries is still destroying wealth, especially for the poor.
For believing in these things, I am pronounced evil, apparently on par with a Holocaust denier (hence the rhetoric).
Here are some of that rhetoric from yesterday’s Kos newspaper that prompted the dismissal of skeptical White House scientist Dr. David Legates and Dr. Ryan Maue, concerned (emphasis added):
“The bunch of boring and basic denial myths put together to appease them fatal denial the Trump administration was, at least it seems, first introduced by Dr. Roy Spencer of U-Alabama Huntsville who contributed a chapter. His post on the flyers was then tossed around them Denier ballwhere the same audience that devours Conspiracies over election fraud or satan worshiping Democrats can read eagerly Climate denial Versions of it violent fantasies. ”
This is apparently the case when you take frustrated creative writers and give them journalist jobs.
In light of recent political events, there now appears to be renewed efforts to silence dissenting voices through “culture breakout”, website removal, public ridicule, censorship and so on.
Unity in our country is apparently being achieved, because once dissenting voices are silenced, all that remains is “unity”.