Monday, July 20, 2009

Nobel-winning IPCC scientist Tom Tripp: "There is nothing like a consensus"

In Provo, a call to action against federal climate bill
The U.S. effort to counteract climate change is poised to not only destroy the U.S. economy, but dramatically increase global carbon dioxide levels.

That was the message, on Thursday, from Tom Tripp, a magnesium specialist from Utah who gave a 45-minute keynote address in Provo at the Utah Farm Bureau Midyear Conference.

Beyond magnesium, Tripp has one other distinction to his name -- he is one of 2,000 members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change who share half a Nobel Prize, the other half owned by former vice president Al Gore.

But though Tripp and Gore may share the same Nobel honor, Tripp's message on climate change is Gore's polar opposite.
"Despite what you may have heard in the media, there is nothing like a consensus of scientific opinion that this is a problem," he said. "Because there is natural variability in the weather, you cannot statistically know for another 150 years. ... There are indications, there are options, but if you are looking for hard scientific facts, you are still a long ways away."

1 comment:

bluegrue said...

FYI: While Mr. Tom Tripp is technically an "IPCC author", he is not to be found in any of the contributor listings of the Work Groups WG I, WG II and WG III, whose reports are the core of the current IPCC Assessment Report AR4. Instead he is lead author of subsection 4.5 in Volume 3 (Industrial Processes and Product Use) of the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories. While these guidelines are used in compiling emission data for the IPCC they are not part of AR4, the report that is cited in the news as the IPCC report on climate change.