Freeman Dyson is the top guy at Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, holding the position once held by Albert Einstein. What does he think of the global warming kooks? Not much. NJ Star Ledger: "Climatologists are no Einsteins, says his successor."
"I just think they don’t understand the climate," he said of climatologists. "Their computer models are full of fudge factors."Dyson's physicist buddy weighs in:
"The models are extremely oversimplified," he said. "They don't represent the clouds in detail at all. They simply use a fudge factor to represent the clouds."
"There are people who just need a cause that’s bigger than themselves," said Happer. "Then they can feel virtuous and say other people are not virtuous."Furthermore, Dyson believes that atmospheric carbon dioxide is beneficial to the environment because it helps agricultural yields. Gosh, why haven't we heard about this?
To show how uncivil this crowd can get, Happer e-mailed me an article about an Australian professor who proposes — quite seriously — the death penalty for heretics such as Dyson. As did Galileo, they can get a reprieve if they recant.
In fact, there’s more solid evidence for the beneficial effects of CO-2 than the negative effects, he said. So why does the public hear only one side of this debate? Because the media do an awful job of reporting it.Because saving the earth is always more ego-boosting than reporting facts.
"They’re absolutely lousy," he said of American journalists. "That’s true also in Europe. I don’t know why they’ve been brainwashed."