Swindled: Carl Wunsch responds

Realclimate has the response to the (probably deliberate) misrepresantation of his views in the ‘documentary’ “The Global Warming Swindle”. I suggest to read the whole article (more complete here at tamino. I just highlight a few paragraphs (emphasis mine):

I believe that climate change is real, a major threat, and almost surely has a major human-induced component. But I have tried to stay out of the `climate wars’ because all nuance tends to be lost, and the distinction between what we know firmly, as scientists, and what we suspect is happening, is so difficult to maintain in the presence of rhetorical excess. In the long run, our credibility as scientists rests on being very careful of, and protective of, our authority and expertise.

In the part of the “Swindle” film where I am describing the fact that the ocean tends to expel carbon dioxide where it is warm, and to absorb it where it is cold, my intent was to explain that warming the ocean could be dangerous—because it is such a gigantic reservoir of carbon. By its placement in the film, it appears that I am saying that since carbon dioxide exists in the ocean in such large quantities, human influence must not be very important — diametrically opposite to the point I was making — which is that global warming is both real and threatening in many different ways, some unexpected.

His complete letter to Channel for is available here..

Yesterday I watched the propaganda piece (and I hope to blog about that later). His opinions expressed in his response and the letter really did not come over at all.


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