Former Obama energy official slams climate alarmism, says public conversation has become "increasingly distant from the science"

by Joel Abbott · Apr 26th, 2021 3:07 pm
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Last Updated Apr 29th, 2021 at 3:36 pm

The former Obama-era undersecretary for science at the Department of Energy wrote an opinion piece on Saturday slamming climate alarmism, saying that while the earth is warming and humans play some role, he does not believe the science being presented to the public is correct.

"Both research literature and government reports state clearly that heat waves in the US are now no more common than they were in 1900, and that the warmest temperatures in the US have not risen in the past fifty years," wrote scientist Steven Koonin.

In the piece, which was an excerpt from an upcoming book on climate, Koonin also reported three facts published by U.S. and U.N. agencies that are not widely known by society. These included the lack of human impact on hurricanes, the static nature of Greenland's ice sheet decline, and the 25% decline in total area burned by wildfires since 2003.

Koonin said the facts were largely unknown due to the filtering of the media and politicians.

"There are abundant opportunities to get things wrong — both accidentally and on purpose — as the information goes through filter after filter to be packaged for various audiences," he said. "The public gets their climate information almost exclusively from the media; very few people actually read the assessment summaries, let alone the reports and research papers themselves."

Koonin said he was "shaken" in 2014 when he ran a climate science workshop where he discovered that humanity creates "a growing, but physically small, warming influence on the climate" that seriously cast the emergency narrative used by climate alarmists into doubt.

"In short, the science is insufficient to make useful predictions about how the climate will change over the coming decades, much less what effect our actions will have on it," Koonin said at the time.

Over the following seven years, Koonin said he has seen "public discussions of climate and energy became increasingly distant from the science." He also lamented the increasing use of terms such as "climate crisis" to justify sweeping policies costing trillions of dollars.

Koonin said the current scientific narrative on climate is "an effort to persuade rather than inform."

"As a result, the constant repetition of these and many other climate fallacies are turned into accepted truths known as 'The Science,'" he said.


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