Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cancel Another Climate Catastrophe

NASA's Dr. James Hansen has a history of climate alarmism that hasn't happened. But this prediction, from an interview with author Bob Reiss in 1988 or '89, is worse than wrong--it's comic:
I went over to the window with him and looked out on Broadway in New York City and said, "If what you're saying about the greenhouse effect is true, is anything going to look different down there in 20 years?" [Hansen] looked for a while and was quiet and didn't say anything for a couple seconds. Then he said, "Well, there will be more traffic." I, of course, didn't think he heard the question right. Then he explained, "The West Side Highway [which runs along the Hudson River] will be under water.
As Anthony Watts documents, the highway's still there:

source: Watts Up With That?

And there's "virtually no trend" in the sea level over the last 20 years:

source: Watts Up With That?

Of course, the science supposedly is settled around a consensus of man-made warming. But only because the so-called experts aren't called to account for errors. Yet this time, Hansen's false fear doesn't demand a physics or statistics doctorate to refute.

As Galileo Galilei might have muttered, "and yet, it [doesn't] move."

(via TigerHawk)


OBloodyHell said...

C'mon, man, give Hansen a break. He's got miles to go to catch up with the Master of predictive incompetence, Paul Ehrlich.

Hell, by Ehrlich's standards, Hansen's not even a 1st degree black belt...

Carl said...

No, they're tied: neither ever has been right.

OBloodyHell said...

> No, they're tied: neither ever has been right.

Yes, but one is much more tied than the other...