Quotes on Climate Change & Global Warming

“When you have the science on your side, you argue the science. When you don’t have the science on your side you attack the messenger” — David Legates, Delaware state climatologist and professor at the University of Delaware

Quotes by Skeptics

“Please remain calm: The Earth will heal itself — Climate is beyond our power to control…Earth doesn’t care about governments or their legislation. You can’t find much actual global warming in present-day weather observations. Climate change is a matter of geologic time, something that the earth routinely does on its own without asking anyone’s permission or explaining itself.” — Nobel Prize-Winning Stanford University Physicist Dr. Robert B. Laughlin, who won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1998, and was formerly a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

“The move from global warming to climate change indicated the silliness of this issue. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. This normal course is now taken to be evidence of doom.” — Dr. Richard Lindzen, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT

“I made a mistake.The problem is we don’t know what the climate is doing. We thought we knew 20 years ago. That led to some alarmist books – mine included – because it looked clear cut, but it hasn’t happened. The climate is doing its usual tricks. There’s nothing much really happening yet. We were supposed to be halfway toward a frying world. [The temperature] has stayed almost constant, whereas it should have been rising – carbon dioxide is rising, no question about that.” — James Lovelock, Scientist, Environmentalist, Originator of the Gaia Theory

“I’m 100 percent Democrat myself, and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on [climate change], and the Republicans took the right side…. [Climate change] is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?…. What has happened in the past 10 years is that the discrepancies between what’s observed and what’s predicted have become much stronger. It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago. I can’t say if they’ll always be wrong, but the observations are improving and so the models are becoming more verifiable…. To any unprejudiced person reading this account, the facts should be obvious: that the non-climatic effects of carbon dioxide as a sustainer of wildlife and crop plants are enormously beneficial, that the possibly harmful climatic effects of carbon dioxide have been greatly exaggerated, and that the benefits clearly outweigh the possible damage.” — Freeman Dyson, professor of physics at Princeton University from 1953 to 1994

“World leaders proclaim that climate change is our greatest problem, demonizing carbon dioxide. Yet atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have been vastly higher through most of Earth’s history. Climates both warmer and colder than the present have coexisted with these higher levels. Currently elevated levels of carbon dioxide have contributed to increases in agricultural productivity. Indeed, climatologists before the recent global warming hysteria referred to warm periods as ‘climate optima.’ Yet world leaders are embarking on costly policies that have no capacity to replace fossil fuels but enrich crony capitalists at public expense, increasing costs for all, and restricting access to energy to the world’s poorest populations that still lack access to electricity’s immense benefits. Billions of dollars have been poured into studies supporting climate alarm, and trillions of dollars have been involved in overthrowing the energy economy. So it is unsurprising that great efforts have been made to ramp up hysteria, even as the case for climate alarm is disintegrating.” — Dr. Richard Lindzen, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT

“We’re not scientifically there yet. Despite what you may have heard in the media, there is nothing like a consensus of scientific opinion that this is a problem. Because there is natural variability in the weather, you cannot statistically know for another 150 years.” — UN IPCC’s Tom Tripp, a member of the UN IPCC since 2004 and listed as one of the lead authors and serves as the Director of Technical Services & Development for U.S. Magnesium.

“I am ashamed of what climate science has become today. The science community is relying on an inadequate model to blame CO2 and innocent citizens for global warming in order to generate funding and to gain attention. If this is what ‘science’ has become today, I, as a scientist, am ashamed.” — Research Chemist William C. Gilbert published a study in August 2010 in the journal Energy & Environment titled “The thermodynamic relationship between surface temperature and water vapor concentration in the troposphere”, and he published a paper in August 2009 titled “Atmospheric Temperature Distribution in a Gravitational Field.”

“It just so happens that the green religion is now taking over from the Christian religion. I don’t think people have noticed that, but it’s got all the sort of terms that religions use … The greens use guilt. That just shows how religious greens are. You can’t win people round by saying they are guilty for putting (carbon dioxide) in the air.” — James Lovelock, Scientist, Environmentalist, Originator of the Gaia Theory (quote reference)

“In the APS (American Physical Society) it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this ‘warming’ period.'” — Dr. Ivar Giaever, a former professor with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the 1973 winner of the Nobel Prize in physics [ref]

“There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years.” — Patrick Moore, Ecologist and founding member of Greepeace from 1971-86 [ref]

“Glaring omissions are only glaring to experts, so the ‘policymakers’—including the press and the public—who read the SPM [IPCC report Summary for Policymakers] will not realize they are being told only one side of a story. But the scientists who drafted the SPM know the truth, as revealed by the sometimes artful way they conceal it…. What is systematically omitted from the SPM are precisely the uncertainties and positive counter evidence that might negate the human interference theory. Instead of assessing these objections, the Summary confidently asserts just those findings that support its case. In short, this is advocacy, not assessment.” — David Wojick, IPCC expert reviewer [ref]

“Current climate modeling is essentially to answer one question: how will increased atmospheric concentrations of CO2 (generated from human activity) change earth’s temperature and other climatological statistics? Neither cosmology nor vulcanology enter the equations. It should also be noted that observations related to sub-surface ocean circulation (oceanology), the prime source of internal variability, have only recently commenced on a consistent global scale. The bottom line is that IPCC’s view of climate has been through a narrow prism. It is heroic to assume that such a view is sufficient basis on which to predict future ‘climate’.” — William Kinninmonth, meteorologist and former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre [ref]

“Realities about climate models [are that] they don’t and can’t work because data, knowledge of atmospheric, oceanographic, and extraterrestrial mechanisms, and computer capacity are all totally inadequate. Computer climate models are a waste of time and money…. Inadequacies are confirmed by the complete failure of all forecasts, predictions, projections, prognostications, or whatever they call them. It is one thing to waste time and money playing with climate models in a laboratory, where they don’t meet minimum scientific standards, it is another to use their results as the basis for public policies where the economic and social ramifications are devastating. Equally disturbing and unconscionable is the silence of scientists involved in the IPCC who know the vast difference between the scientific limitations and uncertainties and the certainties produced in the Summary for Policymakers (SPM). IPCC scientists knew of the inadequacies from the start.” — Dr. Tim Ball [ref]

“We maintain there is no reason whatsoever to worry about man-made climate change, because there is no evidence whatsoever that such a thing is happening.” — Greek Earth scientists Antonis Christofides and Nikos Mamassis of the National Technical University of Athens’ Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering.

“Global warming is the central tenet of this new belief system in much the same way that the Resurrection is the central tenet of Christianity. Al Gore has taken a role corresponding to that of St Paul in proselytizing the new faith… My skepticism about AGW arises from the fact that as a physicist who has worked in closely related areas, I know how poor the underlying science is. In effect the scientific method has been abandoned in this field.” — Atmospheric Physicist Dr. John Reid, who worked with Australia’s CSIRO’s (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) Division of Oceanography and worked in surface gravity waves (ocean waves) research

“The dysfunctional nature of the climate sciences is nothing short of a scandal. Science is too important for our society to be misused in the way it has been done within the Climate Science Community. [The global warming establishment] has actively suppressed research results presented by researchers that do not comply with the dogma of the IPCC.” — Swedish Climatologist Dr. Hans Jelbring, of the Paleogeophysics & Geodynamics Unit at Stockholm University

“Hundreds of billion dollars have been wasted with the attempt of imposing a Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theory that is not supported by physical world evidences…. AGW has been forcefully imposed by means of a barrage of scare stories and indoctrination that begins in the elementary school textbooks.” — Brazilian Geologist Geraldo Lua­s Lino, who authored the 2009 book The Global Warming Fraud: How a Natural Phenomenon Was Converted into a False World Emergency

“The energy mankind generates is so small compared to that overall energy budget that it simply cannot affect the climate…. The planet’s climate is doing its own thing, but we cannot pinpoint significant trends in changes to it because it dates back millions of years while the study of it began only recently. We are children of the Sun; we simply lack data to draw the proper conclusions.” — Russian Scientist Dr. Anatoly Levitin, head of geomagnetic variations laboratory at the Institute of Terrestrial Magnetism, Ionosphere and Radiowave Propagation of the Russian Academy of Sciences

“There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past and there is no reason to fear any in the future. Efforts to prove the theory that carbon dioxide is a significant ‘greenhouse’ gas and pollutant causing significant warming or weather effects have failed. There has been no warming over 18 years.” — John Coleman, Meteorologist, Founder of The Weather Channel

“No chemical compound in the atmosphere has a worse reputation than CO2, thanks to the single-minded demonization of this natural and essential atmospheric gas by advocates of government control and energy production. The incredible list of supposed horrors that increasing carbon dioxide will bring the world is pure belief disguised as science.” — William Happer, Climate Expert, Princeton University

“I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized…. I personally cannot in good faith continue to contribute to a process that I view as both being motivated by pre-conceived agendas and being scientifically unsound.” — from the resignation letter of Chris Landsea, former IPCC member

“In my opinion, the IPCC has done a disservice to society by relying on ‘experts’ who have little or no knowledge of the subject, and allowing them to make authoritative pronouncements that are not based on sound science.” — Paul Reiter, former IPCC member (resigned), in a report to the House of Lords

“I’m sure the majority (but not all) of my IPCC colleagues cringe when I say this, but I see neither the developing catastrophe nor the smoking gun proving that human activity is to blame for most of the warming we see.” – John R. Christy, M.S. & Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science

“Demonization of [increasing levels of atmospheric] CO2 is irrational at best, and even modest warming is mostly beneficial. When someone says this is the warmest temperature on record –  What are they talking about? It’s just nonsense. This is a very tiny ‘change’ period.” —   Dr. Richard Lindzen, professor emeritus of atmospheric sciences at MIT

Quotes by Alarmists

“Winters with strong frost and lots of snow like we had 20 years ago will cease to exist at our latitudes.” — Mojib Latif, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, 1 April 2000 [Editor’s Note: It doesn’t take a meteorologist to know that Latif’s prediction has been way off.]

“Within a few years winter snowfall will become a very rare and exciting event. … Children just aren’t going to know what snow is.” — David Viner, Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, 20 March 2000[Editor’s Note: The reality is just the opposite. There are children seeing snow that wouldn’t have seen it if they were children 20 years ago.]

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution…. This is probably the most difficult task we have ever given ourselves, which is to intentionally transform the economic development model for the first time in human history.” — Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change [ref]

“Scientists need to get some broader based support, to capture the public’s imagination…that, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we may have…each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” — Stephen Schneider of IPCC, from article in Discover magazine [ref]

“We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.” — Lawrence Torcello, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology[ref] [Editor’s Comment: Huh? What scientific consensus? Oh – the consensus that a very small segment of scientists, and a host of money-grabbing publicity hounds and politicians want the public to believe exists, but really doesn’t… Click here for a good rebuttal]

“What we need now is to become comfortable with the idea that the ends will justify the means. We actually need more opinions, appearing more often and expressed more noisily than ever before.” — Rod Lambert, Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for Public Awareness of Science at Australian National University [ref] [Editor’s Comment: Facts are stubborn things… When they aren’t on your side, then all you’ve got is opinion.]

“What’s at risk [in 100 years] if we do not take action, truly is the survival of civilization as we know it… Literally that is the case. We have seen global warming so far of just a little bit less than one degree Celsius and look at what’s happened. Superstorm Sandy. Boulder Colorado. All these fires. Hurricane Irene one year before.” — Al Gore in an interview at the Social Global Summit [ref] [Editor’s Comment: Sheer alarmism. None of the events Gore mentions are unique anomalies caused by global warming. Big storms, floods and fire seasons have occurred with regularity since long before mankind appeared on the scene. Interestingly, 2013 is turning out to be one of the least active hurricane seasons on record.]

“We know who the active denialists are – not the people who buy the lies, mind you, but the people who create the lies.  Let’s start keeping track of them now, and when the famines come, let’s make them pay.  Let’s let their houses burn. Let’s swap their safe land for submerged islands. Let’s force them to bear the cost of rising food prices. They broke the climate.  Why should the rest of us have to pay for it?” — Steve Zwick, Ecosystem Marketplace Editor [ref] [Editor’s Comment: Would Zwick agree to forcing the alarmist to pay for the tremendous actual real costs of the “green” movement?]

“When we’ve finally gotten serious about global warming, when the impacts are really hitting us and we’re in a full worldwide scramble to minimize the damage, we should have war crimes trials for these bastards — some sort of climate Nuremberg.” —  George Monbiot, in his book “Heat” [ref]

“The debate’s over. The people who dispute the international consensus on global warming are in the same category now with the people who think the moon landing was staged on a movie lot in Arizona.” — Al Gore in 2006 [ref] [Editor’s Comment: Six years later, the debate is far from over.]

“The science [of global warming] is beyond dispute… Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response” — Barak Obama in 2008 [ref]

“We cannot afford to put off change any longer. We have to get on a new path within this new administration. We have only four years left for Obama to set an example to the rest of the world. America must take the lead.” — Jim Hansen, Head of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies, in January 2009 [ref] [Editor’s Comment: A lot of info has come to light since this originally-baseless alarmist statement, including the “ClimateGate” scandal, and evidence showing no warming for 15 years.]

“Last September 21 [2006], as the Northern Hemisphere tilted away from the sun, scientists reported with unprecedented distress that the North Polar ice cap is ‘falling off a cliff.’ One study estimated that it could be completely gone during summer in less than 22 years. Another new study, to be presented by U.S. Navy researchers later this week, warns it could happen in as little as 7 years. Seven years from now.” — Al Gore, in his Nobel Prize acceptance speech [Editor’s Comment: It has been eight years. The North Polar ice cap isn’t close to gone. In fact, it has rebounded nicely — and as true scientists expected it to — from a typical cyclical low.]

“The threat of a new ice age must now stand alongside nuclear war as a likely source of wholesale death and misery for mankind.” — Environmentalist Nigel Calder at the first Earth Day Celebration in 1969

“The cooling since 1940 has been large enough and consistent enough that it will not soon be reversed.” — C.C. Wallen of the World Meteorological Organization (late 1960s)

“in the 1970s . . . hundreds of millions of people are going to starve to death…. If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000.” — Professor Paul Ehrlich, 1968

“The World as we know it will likely be ruined by the year 2000.” — 1975 Ads by The Environmental Fund

“Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald, 1970

“[by 1995] somewhere between 75% and 85% of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” — Senator Gaylord Nelson, quoted in Look Magazine, 1970

“The past is no longer a guide to the future. We no longer have a stationary climate.” — Independent, Dr. Peter Stott, Met Office, 27 Jul 2007  [Editor’s Note: Seriously? Truly an idiotic comment. The earth has NEVER had a stationary climate. The past is indeed a guide to the future. In the past, the climate has varied. In the future, the climate will vary. Very simple.]