Jon Huntsman: Of Course I Believe in Global Warming!

Actually, Huntsman’s remark is dumber, because he says he believes in “climate change”. As Ed Morrissey says, that’s a meaningless term. The climate is always changing and always has been changing. Which is why we’ve had ice ages and then, you know, not.

The question is whether the climate is changing because of human activity. Huntsman seems to believe that it is, at least judging by his previous support for the job-killing cap-and-trade legislation that even many prominent Democrats can’t bring themselves to support.

Explaining his belief, Huntsman says:

This is an issue that ought to be answered by the scientific community; I’m not a meteorologist. All I know is 90 percent of the scientists say climate change is occurring. If 90 percent of the oncological community said something was causing cancer we’d listen to them. I respect science and the professionals behind the science so I tend to think it’s better left to the science community – though we can debate what that means for the energy and transportation sectors.

First, he provides absolutely no evidence to back up his 90% claim, and I can quickly and easily provide evidence to the contrary. In fact, ClimateGate came about because scientists couldn’t back up their claims so they needed to twist data to “hide the decline”. Huntsman doesn’t address ClimateGate or what it demonstrated, either.

In fact, just last week we learned that a prominent man-made global warming alarmist has become a skeptic. David Evans, who holds six university degrees and has advised governments on global warming, was once an alarmist. Now:

The debate about global warming has reached ridiculous proportions and is full of micro-thin half-truths and misunderstandings. I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic.

In the article announcing his conversion, Evans — a scientist himself — goes about destroying the twisted climate models and claims of the alarmists. One excellent aspect:

This is the core idea of every official climate model: For each bit of warming due to carbon dioxide, they claim it ends up causing three bits of warming due to the extra moist air. The climate models amplify the carbon dioxide warming by a factor of three — so two-thirds of their projected warming is due to extra moist air (and other factors); only one-third is due to extra carbon dioxide.

That’s the core of the issue. All the disagreements and misunderstandings spring from this. The alarmist case is based on this guess about moisture in the atmosphere, and there is simply no evidence for the amplification that is at the core of their alarmism.

Let’s face it: Most global warming climate scientists are no longer scientists primarily. They’re fearmongers who need to keep people scared in order to keep the grant money flowing.

Tell people that everything is going to be okay and governments will stop sending you tons of money. Tell people that everything is going to be okay and the gravy train will come to a halt. Keep the fear going — pump it up even — and governments will spend whatever it takes to stop something you created in the first place.

Comments

  1. Ed says

    It is not going to be difficult to figure out who our nominee will be next year. Every day one of the candidates, or reportedly possible candidates makes an assinine comment that will definitley cost them any chance. I rather liked this guy a little, but he shot his mouth off about something so stupid that I can’t even consider him anymore.
    Stay quiet and let people think you’re an idiot, or open your mouth and remove all doubt. God, just shut up already.

  2. Tina Ferrer says

    This now has become a character call and I call foul on you Mr. Huntsman. I have no clue as to who your trying to appeal too Mr. Huntsman but I not only voted for Barack Obama in 2008 but worked on his behalf since his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 04 I believe. As of mid-2009 I reregistered Independent and this is not flying with this reformed Democrat. Quite the contraire. Regardless, you seem to be as flippantly confused on an issue that a majority of America has summarily rejected. Save the money Mr. Huntsman or in the alternative you would have a much better chance of taking on Obama on behalf of the other Democrats to primary President Obama running as a Democrat. Between you, Newt and Trump this Republican lineup is getting where it needs to be.

  3. Observer says

    This Hunstman sounds surprisingly dimwitted for someone being touted as a smart Chinese speaker. So many leading scientists have cast doubt on AWG by now, you’d think he would have wised up. Most of the pro-AWG stuff emanates from the UN, as corrupt an organization as there is this side of Chicago.

  4. Bruce says

    Politicised Oncology actually needs to be mediated by common sense just as much ‘climate change’ does. The analogy does not support his case.

    Is Hunstman saying we need to take all the hysterical nimbys stopping phone towers seriously too? The anti- cell phone brigade?

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