Richard Lindzen quotes

  • Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century's developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and, on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference, proceeded to contemplate a roll-back of the industrial age.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Age #Degrees #Generations

  • Controlling carbon is a bureaucrat's dream. If you control carbon, you control life.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Dream #Energy #Environment

  • In brief, we have the new paradigm where simulation and programs have replaced theory and observation, where government largely determines the nature of scientific activity, and where the primary role of professional societies is the lobbying of the government for special advantage.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Government #Special #Roles

  • In Europe, Henk Tennekes was dismissed as research director of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Society after questioning the scientific underpinnings of global warming.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Europe #Research #Dutch

  • The influence of mankind on climate is trivially true and numerically insignificant.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Climate #Influence #Mankind

  • I think it's [concern about global warming] mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other and themselves.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Kids #Dark #Thinking

  • Climate science has been targeted by a major political movement, environmentalism, as the focus of their efforts, wherein the natural disasters of the earth system, have come to be identified with man's activities - engendering fear as well as an agenda for societal reform and control... This greatly facilitates any conscious effort to politicize science via influence in such bodies where a handful of individuals (often not even scientists) speak on behalf of organizations that include thousands of scientists, and even enforce specific scientific positions and agendas.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Men #Organization #Effort

  • When an issue becomes a vital part of a political agenda, as is the case with climate, then the politically desired position becomes a goal rather than a consequence of scientific research.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Issues #Goal #Political

  • The public discourse on global warming has little in common with the standards of scientific discourse. Rather, it is part of political discourse where comments are made to secure the political base and frighten the opposition rather than to illuminate issues. In political discourse, information is to be 'spun' to reinforce pre-existing beliefs, and to discourage opposition.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Issues #Political #Littles

  • In the long run, the replacement of the precise and disciplined language of science by the misleading language of litigation and advocacy may be one of the more important sources of damage to society incurred in the current debate over global warming.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Running #Long #Important

  • According to any textbook on dynamic meteorology, one may reasonably conclude that in a warmer world, extratropical storminess and weather variability will actually decrease.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Weather #Textbooks #World

  • Under true peer-review...a panel of reviewers must accept a study before it can be published in a scientific journal. If the reviewers have objections the author must answer them or change the article to take reviewers' objections into account. Under the IPCC review process, the authors are at liberty to ignore criticisms.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Liberty #Criticism #Peers

  • Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their grant funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves libeled as industry stooges, scientific hacks or worse. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science that supposedly is their basis.
    -- Richard Lindzen

    #Lying #Gains #Faces