For the better part of two decades, the media has told us that climate change is about to usher in disaster. The only way to mitigate this impending doom is to tax carbon emissions and embrace alternative energy, hopefully correcting our course before an inconvenient truth smacks us in the face.
My guest today has a different take. Yes, climate change is real and humans contribute to it, says climatologist Pat Michaels, but the climate models used to predict the disaster scenario described above are less reliable than we've been led to believe--a lot less, in fact.
On today's episode, Pat and I discuss the current state of climate research, specifically why you should delete the word "consensus" from your scientific vocabulary. We also cover a recently-published study that highlights some major flaws in the models used to predict runaway global temperatures. Following the trend of the last several episodes, we then chat about conflicts of interest in science and corruption of the peer-review process--and why one of Pat's colleagues threatened to punch him in the face.
Dr. Pat Michaels is the director of the Center for the Study of Science at the Cato Institute. He was a research professor of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia for 30 years. Michaels was a contributing author and is a reviewer of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Producer: CJ Franchetto
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Ben Santer (who wants to punch Pat in the face)