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So who cares if some of the climate scenarios are based on unrealistic assumptions? If they succeed in mobilising political forces to support sustainable energy production what is the problem?
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Furthermore, as the op-ed illustrates, the IPCC has fooled the public on a massive scale, which hardly helps its credibility when it comes to dealing with other pressing issues like Peak Oil, and also wasted huge amounts of reseach efforts and money, which could have been used in a far better way in eg developing alternative energy.
Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
I would expect research institutes to be doing this on an ongoing basis - adjusting their models when - e.g. India - adjusts its estimates for coal deposits - and I would expect the outputs/predictions to change over time. This does not invalidate the science - this is how the science is done.
AS I understand it earlier estimates have proved unduly optimistic and later predictions are more alarming in terms of the pace of climate change. If anything the predictions are more alarming as the data and the models improve.
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But to accuse them, and Climate Science, of engaging in some kind of deception, as you appear to be doing, is just plain wrong.
As for "wasted huge amounts of research effort and money"....oh, please. On the scale of redeveloping entire economies, the amount spent on climate science and modelling, does not even register.
Then, too, fossil fuels account for 57% of GHG, sez the article. That other 43% is enough to cook our goose, just a little more slowly. Especially as its absolute magnitude is likely to increase.
Peak Oil is important. It is not the only important thing.
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