Stephen Hawking: I Don’t Get Trump, but I Do Get Climate

June 2, 2016

Above, Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan on Climate change.

Hawking, aka the smartest guy in the world, admits he’s baffled by Donald Trump’s appeal.   Mr Trump has responded, “I prefer people who aren’t in wheelchairs. This guy’s a loser.”

Ok, I lied about that, but you bought it for a second, right?
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Still, Hawking has no doubts about where climate change is taking us.

ClimateProgress:

So it’s understandable why, on Tuesday, people sort of freaked out when Hawking said there was one thing he could not explain: The popularity of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I can’t,” Hawking responded, when asked to explain Trump’s rise as part of an exclusive interview with British news station ITV News. “He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

But here’s the thing: in that same interview, Hawking also said he didn’t believe Trump was the greatest threat facing America, or even the world. The greatest threat, he said, is human-caused climate change.

“A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,” Hawking said. “A rise in ocean temperature would melt the ice-caps, and cause a release of large amounts of carbon dioxide from the ocean floor. Both effects could make our climate like that of Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees.”

Hawking’s comments about Trump made headlines in nearly every major American media outlet. His comments about climate change being the world’s greatest threat, however, did not make the cut.

See headines below.

CNN:

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Daily Beast:

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On the topic of smart guys who  understood climate change  a long time ago, here’s Isaac Asimov in 1989. Can’t say they didn’t warn us.

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14 Responses to “Stephen Hawking: I Don’t Get Trump, but I Do Get Climate”

  1. Lionel Smith Says:

    Trump is like a black hole, no matter how much information falls in very little light comes away.

  2. Magma Says:

    In his 1989 address Asimov said “…when I had been talking about the greenhouse effect for twenty years, at least. And there were other people who talked about it before I did, I mean I didn’t invent it.”

    If anyone reading knows those early Asimov references, I’d appreciate if they could be noted in the comments here. It’s hard to believe he’s been dead for 24 years now.

  3. Sir Charles Says:

    Stephen Hawking: One Thing Threatens Us More Than Donald Trump … Climate Change

    Hawking was asked if he could explain the rise of Trump, to which the man replied, “I can’t. He is a demagogue, who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator.”

    “A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,” Hawking said.

    “A rise in ocean temperature would melt the ice-caps and cause a release of large amounts of carbon dioxide from the ocean floor. Both effects could make our climate like that of Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees.”

    • pendantry Says:

      Thanks for quoting that: saves me the trouble of doing so.

      I had understood that Hansen had backtracked on his earlier assertion that the Earth could go the way of Venus. Interesting to hear that ‘the smartest guy in the world’ disagrees. I wonder where the truth lies?

  4. danialcblog Says:

    What would he know?


  5. “A more immediate danger is runaway climate change,” Hawking said. “A rise in ocean temperature would melt the ice-caps, and cause a release of large amounts of carbon dioxide from the ocean floor. Both effects could make our climate like that of Venus, with a temperature of 250 degrees.”

    Hansen believes that earth is susceptible to a mini runaway global warming similar to what we saw with the hyperthermals in the Earth’s history. It is even possible that with the burning of all the fossil fuel we could achieve the extinction of our species. But in his view the Venus syndrome isn’t in the cards.

    See:

    http://www.columbia.edu/~jeh1/mailings/2013/20130415_Exaggerations.pdf


    • In contrast, one study would seem to suggest that with ten times the CO2 levels we would get by burning all the fossil fuel we could get a Venus syndrome.

      “What my results show is that if you put about ten times as much carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as you would get from burning all the coal, oil, and gas—about 30,000 parts per million—then you could cause a runaway greenhouse today. So burning all the fossil fuels won’t give us a runaway greenhouse. However, the consequences will still be dire. It won’t sterilize the planet, but it might topple Western civilization. There are no theoretical obstacles to that.”

      Please see :

      http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130729-runaway-greenhouse-global-warming-venus-ocean-climate-science/

      But I doubt that is in the cards.


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