… telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” George Orwell
“It’s easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.” Mark Twain
“Three days ago, Christiana Figueres, Ex. Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), made it clear that she thinks Communism is the best solution to the world’s climate woes, exposing the political roots of her global warming alarmism.” Heather Ginsberg, Townhall.com, January 19, 2014
“Her thinking is one more indicator that at the real root of the climate alarmist message is an anti-Christian worldview, one that, to the extent that it prevails, will undermine liberty around the world.” Ibid
“Via Bloomberg News, last week we got an unsettling glimpse into just how extreme the economic plans of the climate commissars really are: ‘China, the top emitter of greenhouse gases, is also the country that’s ‘doing it right. ‘when it comes to addressing global warming, the United Nations’ chief climate official [Christiana Figueres] said…’They actually want to breathe air that they don’t have to look at,’ she said. ‘They’re not doing this because they want to save the planet. They’re doing it because it’s in their national interest.’ China is also able to implement policies because its political system avoids some of the legislative hurdles seen in countries including the U.S., Figueres said.” The Weekly Standard, January 27, 2014, p. 2. 3
“In the winter of 1249 it was so warm in England that people did not need winter clothes. They walked about in summer dress. It was so warm people thought the seasons had changed. There was no frost in England the entire winter. Can you imagine what NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] would say if that happened next year? Art Horn, Icecap.us, January 12, 2011
“Inevitably in climate science, when data conflicts with models, a small coterie of scientist can be counted upon to modify the data…That the data should always need correcting to agree with models is totally implausible and indicative of a certain corruption within the climate science community.” Richard Lindzen
In his mid-seventies, married with two sons, and now emeritus at MIT, Lindzen spends between four and six months a year at his second home in Paris. But that doesn’t mean he’s no longer in the thick of the climate controversy; he writes, gives myriad talks, participates in debates, and occasionally testifies before Congress. In an eventful life, Lindzen has made the strange journey from being a pioneer in his field and eventual IPCC coauthor to an outlier in the discipline—if not an outcast.
Richard Lindzen was born in 1940 in Webster, Massachusetts, to Jewish immigrants from Germany. His bootmaker father moved the family to the Bronx shortly after Richard was born. Lindzen attended the Bronx High School of Science before winning a scholarship to the only place he applied that was out of town, the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, New York. After a couple of years at Rensselaer, he transferred to Harvard, where he completed his bachelor’s degree and, in 1964, a doctorate.
Lindzen wasn’t a climatologist from the start—“climate science” as such didn’t exist when he was beginning his career in academia. Rather, Lindzen studied math. “I liked applied math,” he says, “[and] I was a bit turned off by modern physics, but I really enjoyed classical physics, fluid mechanics, things like that.” A few years after arriving at Harvard, he began his transition to meteorology. “Harvard actually got a grant from the Ford Foundation to offer generous fellowships to people in the atmospheric sciences,” he explains. “Harvard had no department in atmospheric sciences, so these fellowships allowed you to take a degree in applied math or applied physics, and that worked out very well because in applied math the atmosphere and oceans were considered a good area for problems. . . . I discovered I really liked atmospheric sciences—meteorology. So I stuck with it and picked out a thesis.”
And with that, Lindzen began his meteoric rise through the nascent field. In the 1970s, while a professor at Harvard, Lindzen disproved the then-accepted theory of how heat moves around the Earth’s atmosphere, winning numerous awards in the process. Before his 40th birthday, he was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. In the mid-1980s, he made the short move from Harvard to MIT, and he’s remained there ever since. Over the decades, he’s authored or coauthored some 200 peer-reviewed papers on climate.