Day Ten: Everything You Need to Know About Global Warming in Thirteen Days

One of the nuttiest skeptics - Christopher Monckton
"10) Conspiracy theorists claim to believe that global warming is a carefully constructed hoax driven by scientists desperate for … what? Being needled by nonscientific newspaper reports, by blogs, and by right-wing politicians and think tanks? Most hard scientists hate themselves or their colleagues for being in the news. Being a climate scientist spokesman has already become a hindrance to an academic career, including tenure. I have a much simpler but plausible “conspiracy theory”: that fossil energy companies, driven by the need to protect hundreds of billions of dollars of profits, encourage obfuscation of the inconvenient scientific results."

It is amazing how often one reads on the web that people actually believe that global warming is some elaborate hoax.  Arrhenius predicted that the atmosphere would warm by adding more carbon dioxide way back in the late 19th century.  Aha!  But have you ever seen Arrhenius and Al Gore in the same room at the same time?  Conspiracy!!

Mr. Grantham's opinion that perhaps the people and industries with billions of dollars on the table would be more likely to bend the truth seems way more plausible.

I have two previous postings on this same topic:
Explain me to me
Scientists are corrupt (say the deniers)

[This one of a series of daily posts I am drawing from Jeremy Grantham's Summer 2010 Investment letter.  Mr. Grantham, a contrarian, is on the Board of Directors of GMO LLC, a global investment firm with over $100 billion under management.  Mr. Grantham takes a large, worldview perspective on investments--with an eye toward long-term trends.  He is right-on about the impact of global warming.]

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