The article mentions that an Australian professor suggested that there be a death penalty for global warming skeptics.
Dyson says CO2 has been beneficial to plant growth.
posted on 04/05/2013 10:12:35 PM PDT
Dyson is considered the best physicist without a Nobel Prize, or a Ph.D. Interesting distinction.
When Einstein died in 1955, there was an opening for the title of most brilliant physicist on the planet. Dyson has filled it. So when the global-warming movement came along, a lot of people wondered why he didnt come along with it.
Uh, Paul? Did you forget about your first two sentences when you write the third? Seems like asked and answered to me.
posted on 04/05/2013 10:49:07 PM PDT
by Still Thinking
(Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
“Dyson says CO2 has been beneficial to plant growth.”
Of course. CO2 is plant food, and they can’t get enough of it. If you increase the amount of CO2 they have access to, plants grow faster, and in growing, extract more CO2 from their environment to be stored in their cells. So, it’s a feedback loop that is one of the things that prevents a “runaway” greenhouse effect from happening on Earth.
Another feedback loop is the oceans. If the temperature were to rise enough for the glaciers to melt and raise the sea level, it would increase the volume and temperature of the oceans, both of which are factors that would increase the amount of CO2 that would dissolve in the oceans, and be taken out of the atmosphere.
posted on 04/05/2013 10:49:37 PM PDT
Way back in the 1960’s, Norman Augustine famously said that any computer model that cannot be explained on the back of an envelope is worse than useless, it’s dangerous.
Events have proven him correct.
There is a nice short interview with Dyson at the link. He's pretty sharp for 89. He discusses how the basic science of CO2 flux in and out of vegetation has been ignored while the big money went to computer modeling.
I wish Dyson's friend and colleague Richard Feynman was still around to back him up.
posted on 04/05/2013 11:06:06 PM PDT
(Call them Oppressives, not Progressives.)
Man has the largest artificial structure ever conceived NAMED after him!!! He deserves respect!
posted on 04/06/2013 2:21:36 AM PDT
There are people who just need a cause thats bigger than themselves, said Happer. Then they can feel virtuous and say other people are not virtuous.
Perfect description of the entire Left-Liberal movement.
To: Rocky; Old Sarge; sickoflibs; Liz; LucyT
That was vindication for a man who was termed a civil heretic in a New York Times Magazine article on his contrarian views. Dyson embraces that label, with its implication that what he opposes is a religious movement. So does his fellow Princeton physicist and fellow skeptic, William Happer. There are people who just need a cause thats bigger than themselves, said Happer. Then they can feel virtuous and say other people are not virtuous.
The mindless mob defined... beautiful...
posted on 04/06/2013 9:21:12 AM PDT
(New AP term for Illegal Aliens IS Undocumented Democrats.... Jay Leno)
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