The Weekend Wonk: Dessler vs Lindzen Debate
September 10, 2011
Get that cup of coffee now, and make sure you are comfortable.
What’s worthwhile here is the first part of the presentation, where Andrew Dessler, the noted Texas A&M atmospheric expert, explains, among other things, why climate science is not, in fact, based on models, but in the actual behavior of the planet throughout history. Warning, there are equations, but listen carefully and Dessler walks you thru them, explaining the rationale. There will not be a quiz – this is for background only.
Dessler (an adviser to this series) has been in the news in the last week, having published a paper directly attacking denialist darlings Roy Spencer and the above mentioned Lindzen. Since Spencer had just been humiliated as the editor of Remote Sensing, venue for Spencer’s most recent paper, resigned – saying Spencer’s paper was so bad, it should not have been published – this seemed like kicking the poor guy when he was down.
Now if you got thru that, and drank entirely too much coffee, — here is Dessler commenting on this week’s paper.