Professor Les Woodcock is Emeritus Professor of Chemical Thermodynamics at the University of Manchester. He has authored numerous papers for many scientific journals and collected a fair amount academic recognition and awards.
Professor Woodcock believes that “global warming” is rubbish. Here is an excerpt from a recent interview published in the April 4 edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post:
“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences.”
“The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the ‘greenhouse gas’ causes ‘global warming’ – in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is 20 times more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent.”
“There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years.”
“Anecdotal evidence doesn’t mean anything in science, it’s not significant.”
“Such evidence for the man-made climate change theory has not been forthcoming.”
He adds: “It’s become almost an industry, as a consequence of this professional misconduct by Government advisors around the world, not just UK – you can’t blame ordinary people with little or no science education for wanting to be seen to be good citizens who care about their grandchildren’s future and the environment.”
“In fact, the damage to our economy the climate change lobby is now costing us is infinitely more destructive to the livelihoods of our grand-children. Indeed, we grand-parents are finding it increasingly expensive just to keep warm as a consequence of the idiotic decisions our politicians have taken in recent years about the green production of electricity.”
The Professor seems to have put his view of “scientific method” together with good old-fashioned common sense. Enjoy the complete story here:
Meanwhile, the editorial in the Oil & Gas Journal on April 14 questions the ruthlessness of climate change advocates and the ultimate consequences of resource developers “taking a knife to a gunfight”. They ask a good question, which paraphrased is, “Why is the federal government seemingly over-regulating natural gas emissions when these have fallen by 3% from all sources and by 14% from natural gas production systems even as production has increased from 2005 to 2012?”
Apparently the O&GJ mostly agrees with Professor Woodcock although they do not use the term “misconduct by Government advisors”. They instead describe the connection between environmental pressure groups and the actions of several agencies of the federal government.
Pretty much what Professor Woodcock said, only with the sad implication that resource rich America is having trouble getting it’s own government out of the way of wealth creation and full employment.
If you have a subscription to OGJ, you can see the editorial here: