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The science is unsettled? The SpecOz settled that years ago

28 April 2021

3:51 PM

28 April 2021

3:51 PM

The title of the new book, Unsettled, could refer to the effect it will have on readers who believe in the ruling climate orthodoxy, or the state of climate science — or both. 

Physicist Steven E. Koonin, described as a “top Obama scientist”, “kicks the hornet’s nest right out of the gate in ‘Unsettled.’ In the book’s first sentences he asserts that ‘the Science’ about our planet’s climate is anything but “settled,” according to the Wall Street Journal

But The Spectator Australia reported scientific uncertainty about the causes of climate change back in the June 10, 2017 edition: “climate scientist Dr Judith Curry has urged greater attention to the uncertainties of scientific research into global warming (aka climate change).” (It’s just one of my contributions on the subject.) 


Fox News reports points out that “Former undersecretary for the Department of Energy under President Obama, Steven Koonin is dissentingfrom theBiden administration’sstance on the global ‘climate crisis,’ saying the data do not support the ‘hysteria.'”  

The WSJ goes on: “The book is no polemic. It’s a plea for understanding how scientists extract clarity from complexity. And, as Mr Koonin makes clear, few areas of science are as complex and multidisciplinary as the planet’s climate. 

He begins with a kind of trigger warning for readers who may be shocked by the book’s contradiction of four points of climate orthodoxy: “Heat waves in the US are nowno more commonthan they were in 1900” and “the warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past fifty years.... Humans have had no detectable impact on hurricanes over the past century. . . . Greenland’s ice sheet isn’t shrinking any more rapidly today than it was eighty years ago.” 

Perhaps to save unsettling their readers and viewers, the ABC, the “trusted, independent source of local, national and world news” seems intent on unreporting this particular item of news.

Well — for once — in a sense we’d have to agree: it’s not news.

Not to readers of the SpecOz. 

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