James Hansen: Maybe Coal Emissions Are Cooling the Planet

by Greg Pollowitz

The Australian has a good piece on flummoxed alarmists who can’t really figure out why the planet hasn’t warmed in 20 years. They refer to the same Economist piece Andrew Stuttaford linked to in the Corner, but have an additional gem from NASA’s James Hansen. Emphasis mine:

In a lengthy article this week, The Economist magazine said if climate scientists were credit-rating agencies, then climate sensitivity – the way climate reacts to changes in carbon-dioxide levels – would be on negative watch but not yet downgraded.

Another paper published by leading climate scientist James Hansen, the head of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, says the lower than expected temperature rise between 2000 and the present could be explained by increased emissions from burning coal.

For Hansen the pause is a fact, but it’s good news that probably won’t last.

International Panel on Climate Change chairman Rajendra Pachauri recently told The Weekend Australian the hiatus would have to last 30 to 40 years “at least” to break the long-term warming trend.

Hilarious. Maybe we need to study how coal can save the planet from devastating global warming? Burn coal, baby, burn coal!

The rest from The Australian here.

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