Friday, March 27, 2015

The Enforcement of Climate Orthodoxy

By Benjamin Zycher

A Pavlovian climate dog barks.

Should you, dear readers, doubt that the climate empire strikes back at even the mildest qualifications of greenhouse gas (GHG) orthodoxy, merely consider a recent draft essay by Clifford Asness and Aaron Brown on the recent temperature record and attendant implications for policies to reduce GHG emissions. Titled “It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Tepidity,” the immediate — indeed, Pavlovian — and highly critical responses from various observers were fascinating in their vociferousness and contempt. Truly outstanding in those dimensions was that offered by Mark Buchanan on Bloomberg View, about whose critique I offer some observations below.

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