McKibben said about the negotiated resolution of the global warming issue: “The real negotiation underway is between human beings on the one hand and physics and chemistry on the other.” If this is so, we should listen to a real physicist.
Robert Laughlin is not only a physicist, but is on the faculty of Stanford University (a fairly comparable institution to Harvard, where McKibben may have learned to be a journalist, but did not earn a higher level science degree) and Nobel prize winner in physics. His recent article at www.theamericanscholar.org/wha... advises that humans can bring nothing substantial to the global warming negotiating table and that we should relax and let the laws of physics work it out.
Laughlin says excess carbon in the atmosphere happens all the time, if you look back in geological history. Anything that humans do to mitigate it will be a waste of effort and resources. Governments and citizens delude themselves when they think they can make a difference.
McKibben was correct to make a biblical reference to Job – but he got the message exactly backward. God’s message to man was to stay humble. McKibbon says: “. . . for the first time in human history we're no longer in the position Job's in.” What hubris to think that Man is now greater than God and God’s creation!
Forget the physics issues raised in your broadcast: You missed a perfect opportunity to examine the theological assumptions behind your guest’s opinions and those of the other global warming alarmists.
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