Are people like Prof. James Renwick genuinely stupid or are they paid to mislead people?
Another recent example
Another recent example
Denial from climate scientists
"Human activity is what's changing the climate so human activity can definitely stop the climate from changing - we've got all the power."
One way to put someone down is to te something they never said and criticise that - I believe it is called a straw man argument
"I even saw one comment where he said, up to the second to the last day of the 10th year everything that will be fine, and then bang, on that last day, catastrophe"
Capture this guy's disconnect here from an interview a few months ago:
And this was his response to Guy. Quite clearly he didn't listen to the presentation or purposefully misrepresented the content
Guy McPherson, retired professor of conservation biology from the University of Arizona, has been on a speaking tour of New Zealand this month peddling a bleak message: we're going to push the planet's climate system over the edge and we've only got a decade to live.
A prominent New Zealand climate scientist sees no basis for that claim and says such alarmism, which has already generated a slew of scary headlines, is counter-productive to the crucial effort of combating the worst potential effects of climate change while we still can.
Science reporter Jamie Morton talked to James Renwick, a professor of physical geography at Victoria University of Wellington who served as a lead author on the last two IPCC reports and recently co-hosted a Royal Society of New Zealand-sponsored series of public talks on climate change.
What do you make of his claims? Is he misrepresenting climate science?
Misrepresenting - I'm not sure if that's quite the right word.
I've read stuff on his website and I've had a look at some of the papers that he's written and a lot of what he says is quite right and mainstream.
Where we seem to part company is this idea that [humans will be wiped out] in the next 10 years.
I even saw one comment where he said, up to the second to the last day of the 10th year everything that will be fine, and then bang, on that last day, catastrophe.
Slower warming than predicted gives the world time to develop better energy technologies
The climate change debate has been polarized into a simple dichotomy. Either global warming is “real, man-made and dangerous,” as Pres. Barack Obama thinks, or it’s a “hoax,” as Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe thinks. But there is a third possibility: that it is real, man-made and not dangerous, at least not for a long time.