Monday, April 9, 2007

No Such Thing as Optimal Temperature

"Looking back on the earth's climate history, it's apparent that there's no such thing as an optimal temperature—a climate at which everything is just right. The current alarm rests on the false assumption not only that we live in a perfect world, temperaturewise, but also that our warming forecasts for the year 2040 are somehow more reliable than the weatherman's forecast for next week.
So writes MIT Professor Richard S. Lindzen in a must read article on leadership and the environment in this week's Newsweek. The level of dialogue in Canada hasn't quite reached that level. Here, we talk as if cutting back our 2% of global emissions share to 1.4% will single handedly save the world from impending doom.