Global Warming Follies

“I believed but now I don’t”

Posted in Common Sense by tjgavin on October 17, 2008

Thanks to Erich for this great referral through  “Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation”

Joanne Nova, the world’s first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, believed in manmade warming by carbon dioxide emissions from 1990-2007.

[Ms. Nova has pointed out that the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology was actually Dr. Joanna Simpson. See Ms. Nova’s comment below.]

Not any more.

She is now convinced that the evidence is conclusive: carbon dioxide, whatever its contribution to the overall greenhouse effect, is a bit player in temperature changes and responds to rather than driving them.


Don’t fall for the ‘complexity’ argument, or accept vague answers. The climate is complex, but the only thing that matters here is whether adding more CO2 to the atmosphere will make the world much warmer.

Everything hinges on this one question. If carbon dioxide is not a significant cause, then carbon sequestration, cap ‘n trade, emissions trading, and the Kyoto agreement are a waste of time and money. All of them divert resources away from things that matter like finding a cure for cancer, or feeding Somali babies. Having a real debate IS the best thing for the environment.


You’ll learn great skills to use to keep the conversation focused on the evidence the next time you encounter a true believer by going to Ms. Nova’s handbook here.


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  1. Joanne Nova said,


    Joanna Simpson deserves the credit for the first female PhD in Meteorology, not me! Thanks for the link to the Handbook. I’ll accept that credit, but people are mixing up the two Joannes.

    “Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanna Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology declared she was skeptical of man-made climate fears – February 27, 2008 – Excerpt: “Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly.” Dr Simpson, formerly of NASA, has authored more than 190 studies.

    And the best link to use for the Skeptics Handbook is instead of directly to the pdf, just because I keep updating it, and that link will stay the same. We’re up to version 1.4 already, and version 2 is coming soon.

    Thanks for spreading the word. The more of us asking good questions the better. It’s what journalists should have been doing all along.

    Joanne Nova

  2. Cal Beisner said,

    Thanks, Joanne, for correcting my mistaken identification of you as the first woman to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology. Dick Lindzen notified me of the error, and I put a correction into the next issue of the Cornwall Newsletter. I also plan to run an excerpt of Joanne Simpson’s comments, from, showing that she, too, is skeptical of manmade global warming.

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