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The Quote of the Millenium

I have to just let Anthony Watts of WUWT explain:

This is from MTR 1377 radio today. Our regular feature, “Quote of the Week” just doesn’t
work here. Neither does decade or century. No, a whole new category all by itself is reserved for this quote from the newly appointed Climate Commissioner of Australia, Tim Flannery,
noted zoologist and author of the book The Weather Makers.

Here it is, brace yourself:

If we cut emissions today, global temperatures are not likely to drop for about
a thousand years.

Lest you think that is an errant remark out of context, here’s the follow up from Flannery:

Just let me finish and say this. If the world as a whole cut all emissions tomorrow the average temperature of the planet is not going to drop in several hundred years, perhaps as much as a thousand years because the system is overburdened with CO2 that has to be absorbed and that only happens slowly.

Crikey! So much for the “think of the grandchildren” argument used by Dr. James Hansen.

Read the entire transcript and listen to the audio here.


  1. Mrs. AL
    8 Apr 2011 at 4:11 AM

    This is toooooooooooooo good, Interface! It’s always good to start the day with a laugh. In this context, the “grandchildren” argument is pure emotionalism, IMO. (BTW, my husband person likes to mess with those who run around like chickens with their heads cut off about global warming by saying, ‘today’s human is tomorrows fossil fuel.’ That usually gets a startled response.) Oh, and thanx for the input about WP. Appreciate it very much.

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