Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Bush Advisor: Global Warming Could Make Planet 'Unlivable'

Washington (TGW) - John Marburger, one of U.S. President George Bush's scientific advisers, said climate change is real and is likely caused by humanity.

He said he is 90% certain that greenhouse gas emissions are causing global warming.

"I think there is widespread agreement on certain basics, and one of the most important is that we are producing far more CO2 from fossil fuels than we ought to be. And it's going to lead to trouble unless we can begin to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we are burning and using in our economies,” he told the BBC in an interview.

"The CO2 accumulates in the atmosphere and there's no end point, it just gets hotter and hotter, and so at some point it becomes unlivable," he said.

"You only have two choices; you either have advanced technologies and get them into the marketplace, or you shut down your economies and put people out of work," he said.

The Bush administration has been resistant to joining the fight against climate change.

Via :: BBC (click here for the whole interview)

4 comments:

Chris C said...

John Marburger is a piece of work. Here is what he did in the 1980's:

"Marburger's presidency at Stony Brook coincided with the opening and growth of University Hospital and the development of the biological sciences as a major strength of the university. During the 1980's federally sponsored scientific research at Stony Brook grew to exceed that of any other public university in the northeastern United States."

And what was that funding? More:

"During his presidency, Marburger served on numerous boards and committees, including chairmanship of the governor's commission on the Shoreham Nuclear Power facility, and chairmanship of the 80 campus "Universities Research Association" which operates Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory near Chicago."

Does a person in favor of nuclear power as well as a man able to get lots of funding from the federal government sound like someone we should be listening to as a source for alternate energy sources?

Can you say vested interest?

http://www.climatescience.gov/Library/bios/marburger.htm

Simmons said...

Hmmm, interesting that Intense Debate comments aren't showing up.

Anyway, I'm not sure what you're saying. He received federal funding for scientific research, and was a proponent of nuclear power. So what?

Chris C said...

A man who has the ability to get shitloads of funding and is also in bed with an alternative fuel source that would benefit directly and greatly from any legislation to combat AGW is not fishy?

That is the big problem, all of these people telling us about agw stand to directly profit from it.

Yet no one is calling them out on it. People just keep drinking the kool-aid.

I used to believe in agw until I researched the facts about how our climate works and guess what, we don't know shit. We haven't even figured out clouds or how the oceans work in relation to climate.

We say things like an extended drought in Australia means agw. No, the region has historically had this problem and the ESNO oscillation is actually a root cause. But they just found this out this year.

Or the loss of the tree frog in Puerto Rico. They say its global warming. But the frogs sit in trees as protection against predators. Well, in PR they are cutting all the trees down.

If you research any of the so-called extinctions, you can see that they are actually due to things beyond climate, like their habitat changing or their food sources drying up.

The frog example is a great example on what we should be focused on: land development and land usage change. These two things impact both humans and animals more then car exhaust.

Another reason the world seems out of whack is because for tens of thousands of years life was indiginous. Now we travel all over the world, we are bringing species to places they never knew existed, and people that lived in Ireland now live in Wisconsin.

We have basically moved everything around on the planet in the space of a few hundred years.

This is a big shock to all life and we need time to adapt to this. All species on Earth will be on shaky ground until this happens.

Climate is the least of our worries.

Chris C said...

I just ask one question:

what is the scientific method and how has it been used in proving global warming theory?