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Freeman Dyson: The Anti-Alarmist

John on March 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm

The NY Times has a long but interesting article on physicist Freeman Dyson. The article is specifically focused on his skepticism, not of climate change per se, but of the deleterious affects ascribed to it by people like Al Gore:

Dyson has been particularly dismissive of Al Gore, whom Dyson calls climate change’s “chief propagandist,” and James Hansen, the head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and an adviser to Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth.” Dyson accuses them of relying too heavily on computer-generated climate models that foresee a Grand Guignol of imminent world devastation as icecaps melt, oceans rise and storms and plagues sweep the earth, and he blames the pair’s “lousy science” for “distracting public attention” from “more serious and more immediate dangers to the planet.”…”Al Gore’s just an opportunist. The person who is really responsible for this overestimate of global warming is Jim Hansen. He consistently exaggerates all the dangers.”

It’s an enjoyable piece if you have 20 minutes to spare. The author does speculate that perhaps Dyson is a contrarian with a secret dark side, but this is the Times after all.

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