The former long-range forecasting guru for AccuWeather these days is chief forecaster for WeatherBELL Analytics. And he employs an oldie but a goodie in a perversely accurate assessment of the rationales — if they even rise to that — being employed to push for cutting carbon dioxide “pollution” from U.S. power plants by 32 percent over the next 15 years.The thing you have to remember when reading whatever Bastardi writes, is that he's not a climate scientist.
“You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind,” Mr. Bastardi wrote Monday in The Patriot Post, quoting the opening to “The Twilight Zone,” the science-fiction TV show of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Given the true progress the world has made because of fossil fuels — “many more people alive today living longer and enjoying a higher gross domestic product” — Bastardi wonders if the anti-fossil-fuels crowd actually is “anti-progress” if not “anti-statistic,” and all for negligible environmental benefit.
Here some actual scientists discuss some of Bastardi's "findings" and find them, well lacking:
Indeed, Bastardi's arguments are wrong because they're gross oversimplifications of more complicated issues. However, they probably sound good to people who, like Bastardi, lack an understanding of the physical sciences. Unfortunately, this describes a significant percentage of the American public, including the audience of Fox News who were subjected to these absurd arguments from an amateur posing as an expert. The misinformation of these millions of people is the real tragedy of this story.Go read the science. Don't trust the anti-science as it's simply wrong.