June 3, 2009
The founder of the Weather Channel has a message for you.
Global warming is a scam - and
Al Gore knows it.
Fossil fuels are a bad idea, but there is no evidence they're
responsible for the warming of the planet.
Revelle was a powerful man, a
noteworthy scientist and a significant force in San Diego in the
1950s. There is no doubt he is largely responsible for the respect
given Scripps Institute of Oceanography and for locating the
University of California at San Diego, UCSD, in La Jolla.
While serving as Director of Scripps, Revelle and one of his
researchers wrote the first modern scientific paper that linked
carbon dioxide released into the air from the burning of fossil
fuels and the greenhouse effect and the warming of temperatures.
This triggered an avalanche of research that eventually became the
impetus behind the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change and the entire global warming movement.
In the 1960s Revelle moved to Harvard to establish a Center for
There is where Professor Revelle
encounter student Albert Gore. He involved Gore and his class
mates in tabulating the data from a carbon dioxide study. Gore was
so impressed he wrote about it in his 1992 book, "Earth in the
Balance". That became the story for the movie "An
The Oscar and Nobel Peace Prize and some
people say 100 million dollars came from that effort. There is no
doubt Roger Revelle had a major impact on Vice President
But there is a twist.
In 1988 Roger Revelle was having
major second thoughts about whether carbon dioxide was a significant
greenhouse gas. He wrote letters to two Congressmen about it.
And in 1991 he co-authored a report for the new science magazine
Cosmos in which he expressed his strong doubts about global warming
and urged more research before any remedial action was taken.
At that point Mr. Gore pronounced Revelle as senile and
refused to debate global warming. He continues to refuse to debate
today. Many offers of 10s of thousands of dollars have been made
such a debate. Today Gore sequestered the media at this event and
set forth rules, no questions, no interviews.
I have learned that in 1991 Roger Revelle made a speech at the
high powered, very private Summer enclave of powerful men and
politicians at the
Bohemian Grove in Northern
California, where he apologized that his research sent so many
people in the wrong direction on global warming.
He worried about the political fallout from the UN IPCC and Al Gore.
A man named Donn Michael Schmidtman
who lives in the San Francisco area was there that day and remembers
the Revelle speech very well. He has told about it in some detail.
So think of the irony. Today Al Gore received the first Roger
Revelle award, an honor named after the man who sent Gore on
his global warming campaign.
But the truth is; Revelle realized that it was a false alarm
and the science was flawed before he died.
Revelle died of a heart attack in 1991.
It would be interesting to know if Revelle had lived whether he
would have approved of this award tonight or perhaps be joining me
at the International conference of global warming skeptics in New
York next week.