Ronald Bailey At Reason: ‘Skeptic Wins Global Warming Bet’

Full post here.

‘In 2008, Research Institute for Global Change climate modeller James Annan and David Whitehouse, an astrophysicist who is a scientific advisor with the Global Warming Policy Foundation in Britain bet a £100 that, using the HadCrut3 data set, there would be no new global temperature record set by 2011.’

And from the comments:

‘Changing our opinions on the whole debate–given the latest data–makes us awesome. That’s what science is all about–formulating opinions based on the data and changing those beliefs, when merited, as new data becomes available.

There’s one thing we can always be consistent on, though, which is that whether AGW is a big problem or just a small problem–or no problem at all–the solutions are the same: innovation and economic growth.’

Just tell that to the current administration…

I also think there’s some general post-industrial Western wish deep in the public mind for all things green.  People want to “be good,” and work toward some overall moral or ethical good that green thinking embodies.  This public sentiment likely leads to more votes for more regulation and public policy that will conflict with the moral and ethical goods served by open markets and open trade.

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Ronald Bailey At Reason: ‘Delusional in Durban’A Few Links On Environmentalism And LibertyFrom The WSJ-A Heated Exchange: Al Gore Confronts His Critics…From The Literary Review–Weather Channel Green Ideology: Founder John Coleman Upset….The Weather Channel’s Green Blog: A Little Too GreenFrom The Washington Post: The Weather Channel’s Forecast Earth Team Fired

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