Essay by Eric Worrall
All those high profile physicists denying the overwhelming consensus on climate change.
He won a Nobel Prize. Then he started denying climate change.
John Clauser shared the Nobel in physics last year. Now he’s a self-described ‘denier’ of the overwhelming scientific consensus on a warming planet.
By Maxine Joselow
November 16, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. EST
It might have seemed like a fringe event, except forone speaker’s credentials. John F. Clauser shared the Nobel Prize in physics last year before declaring Tuesday that “there is no climate crisis” — a claim that contradicts the overwhelming scientific consensus.
[Clauser] “There was overwhelming consensus that what I was doing was pointless” in the 1970s, he said in an interview after the news conference. “It took 50 years for my work to win the [Nobel] prize. That’s how long it takes for opinions to change.”
Clauser bragged that he met privately with President Biden in the Oval Office last year, when the 2022 Nobel Prize winners were invited to the White House. He said he criticized Biden’s climate and energy policies, to which he said the president replied: “Sounds like right-wing science.”
“There is a skeptical streak in the physics community regarding climate science,” Nadir Jeevanjee, a research physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, wrote in a recent critique of Koonin’s book.
“Sounds like right wing science”. The President of the United States invites the winner of the 2022 Nobel Prize for Physics to a meeting, but doesn’t bother to listen to what he has to say. Does President Biden immediately dismiss any scientific critique of his climate policy as “right wing science”?
Is any scientific presentation or critique which contradicts the prejudices of climate believer politicians automatically dismissed as “right wing science”?
“There is a skeptical streak in the physics community regarding climate science” – yet there is also an overwhelming climate consensus? Perhaps “right-wing science” types are implicitly excluded from consensus tallies?
No wonder the world is in such a mess.
Note: WaPo claims the White House could not confirm Clauser’s account of his meeting with the President. But I think I trust the memory of the guy who just won the Nobel Prize for Physics over the memory of Joe Biden.