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posted: 6/21/2014 5:01 AM

Great climate debate: Duckworth v. Lindzen

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If ever there was a debate I'd like to see it would be between Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Richard Lindzen. The topic of discussion? Global warming/climate change/climate disruption, or whatever the latest buzzword is for that so-called threat to the planet.

Duckworth's credentials are pretty strong. At the time of her deployment to Iraq, she was pursuing a doctorate in political science. Not sure what her undergrad studies involved, but she had already obtained a master's in international affairs.

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So what kind of background does Lindzen have? Well, if we go to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's website, we'll see that he was the "Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences" before he retired.

Like myself, Dr. Lindzen is considered a climate change denier, that is, he hasn't swallowed Al Gore's money-grubbing scheme that demands we accept as fact his word that man is causing global warming. No, I'm not giving Gore all the credit for this theory, but he certainly shares in it.

By the way, what is Gore's educational background? A bachelor of arts in government from Harvard. Although he had (has?) a passion for "scientific and mathematical theories," he did not do well in science classes and avoided taking math (for those who may not know, math is the language of science). Outspoken as he is, I'd like to see him counseling Rep. Duckworth in her debate with Dr. Lindzen; she would need all the help she could possibly get.

Wouldn't it be great? One of the world's foremost climate scientists debating climate with one current, and one former politician, neither of which has any significant background in climate studies, and apparently not much in science in general.

I wonder who would win such a debate?

John Babush

Big Rock

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