“I believed but now I don’t”
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.