Lindzen on Larry King Show – 2007

An old one, but worth the watch for Professor Lindzen’s comments, including the quote:

“…it’s mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other.”

“Nye was talking about freshwater perhaps shutting down the gulf stream. But that isn’t what physical oceanographers think. First of all, we’ve measured the heat transport from the tropics to high latitudes- it’s almost all in the atmosphere. The Gulf Stream is mostly driven by wind. To shut it down you’d have to shut down the rotation of the earth, or shut off the wind. There’s alot of confusion in this and at the heart of it we are talking about a few tenths of a degree change of temperature, none of it in the last 8 years by the way. If we had warming it should be accompanied by less storminess . But because the temperature itself is so unspectacular we’ve developed all sorts of fear prospect scenarios of flooding, plague, increased storminess when the physics says we should see less; I think it’s mainly just like little kids locking themselves in dark closets to see how much they can scare each other”

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