When public policy issues become highly politicized, "science" all too often becomes a tool for support instead of illumination. Professor Richard Lindzen, MIT's Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, discusses how the politicization of climate science has become a serious obstacle to real communication and understanding as well as a means for promoting unjustified alarmism. As a result, the debate over policy options has become divorced from a factual foundation and is characterized as a choice between action and inaction and a battle between skeptics and consensus scientists.
Professor Lindzen?s remarks focus on what science does and does not tell us about the causes of global warming and on potential warming this century.
Dr. Lindzen teaches in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.