Top Swedish Meteorologist Attacked By Rahmstorf & Co. …For Optimism Over Future Climate

“…in 100 years’ time no one will be talking about the climate in the way it is currently being talked about.”

 Meteorologist Lennart Bengtsson. Image: by Vogler – own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Lennart Bengtsson – public enemy no. 1?

(Translated/edited by P. Gosselin)

Already a bizarre fight is being waged on Twitter against Lennart Bengtsson, after an interview in the German daily ‘Welt‘. We reported here. The Swede has headed two major weather and climate research institutes in one career. But that is apparently of little use to him right now. He is just being massively criticized for the interview, where he even recognizes the change of the climate caused by the greenhouse gases.

We had already reported on the accusations made by Stefan Rahmstorf. He could think of little to say about the interview, except for Bengtsson’s age and a somewhat vague accusation that Bengtsson had previously advocated dubious skeptic theses. Rahmstorf apparently had no concrete criticism of an interview by Bengtsson in ‘Welt‘. The suspicion is that he has not read the interview.

Rahmstorf’s relationship to the press seems to be special in any case. Which scientist can claim to have been legally found guilty for untrue allegations against a journalist? On the occasion of the publication of a new book by Bengtsson now 87 years old, Axel Bojanowski dealt with him and his new work on his blog. Bojanowski elaborated that none other than Klaus Hasselmann wrote the foreword to the book. The physicist was awarded a Nobel Prize for his climate research

He is an experienced and highly respected meteorologist and climate expert,” Hasselmann writes in a promotion for his colleague’s new book. Bengtsson, he says, presents ‘a realistic yet optimistic assessment of the available options for change#.”

What could be the reason for the anger of Rahmstorf and Co. are directing towards Bengtsson at the moment?

Bengtsson also addresses uncertainties and he is obviously rather an optimist when it comes to the climate. He reckons that mankind will manage, with technical solutions, to ensure that in 100 years’ time no one will be talking about the climate in the way it is currently being talked about. That seems to be the main accusation.

Anyone who does not sound the alarm must be the devil.

5 responses to “Top Swedish Meteorologist Attacked By Rahmstorf & Co. …For Optimism Over Future Climate”

  1. Richard Greene

    There is no such thing as a climate expert
    on long term climate predictions.

    One can not even extrapolate a trend by
    assuming the trend in the past 30 to 50 years
    will continue for the nest 30 to 50 years.

    The warming from 1910 to 1940
    did not predict the cooling from
    1940 to 1975.

    And the cooling from 1940 to 1975
    did not predict the warming from
    1975 to 2020.

    Revising the 1940 t0 1975 cooling
    after the fact, to now show
    no cooling at all, reveals that
    government bureaucrat “scientists”
    can’t be trusted.

    It would be easy to claim the
    1975 to 2020 warming will continue
    for another 45 years. But there is
    no evidence that type of prediction
    has been accurate in the past.

    The Climate Howlers do not claim
    future climate will be the same as
    the 1975 to 2020 warming. That warming
    was harmless — we lived through it.

    The Climate Howlers claim future
    global warming will be 2x to 3x faster
    than warming from 1975 to 2020.
    And never mind the cooling
    from 1940 to 1975, as accurately
    reported in 1975.

    It does not seem to matter to many people,
    or perhaps few people know, the predictions
    of rapid, dangerous global warming
    have been wrong since the 1970s.

    There is no evidence that humans
    have the ability to predict the
    future climate. Therefore, there are
    no experts on the future climate.

    Climate science has not progressed on this matter
    since my first, and only, long term climate forecast
    in 1997: “The climate will get warmer,
    unless it gets colder.”
    Long term climate forecasts
    have become more confident,
    but not more accurate.

  2. John Hultquist

    I live where the climate has cold winters and hot summers, and pervasive dryness. Although some years are hotter or colder and wetter or dryer than others.
    Whatever the “climate cult” thinks they are talking about, I have no idea. A degree or two warmer (or colder) than now will not change the climate I experience.

  3. Nial

    In 100 years “Climate Change” will just be an addendum in this book…

    Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds (Harriman Definitive Edition): The classic guide to crowd psychology, financial folly and surprising superstition

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  5. mikewaite

    Will there be a version in English? There would I think be a significant readership in UK and US.

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