The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Pielke, Roger Sr.






(1946) A meteorologist with expertise in numerical modeling who is a vocal critic of both AGW hypothesis and the workings of the IPCC.

Is he a skeptic?

His (now discontinued) blogClimate Science was an essential skeptic site, but he makes a point of stating that HE is not a skeptic:

"the evidence of a human fingerprint on the global and regional climate is incontrovertible as clearly illustrated in the National Research Council report and in our research papers."

However: In response to the question: "Is most of the observed warming over the last 50 years likely to have been due to the increase in greenhouse gas concentrations", he stated that the answer "remains No", because "there are other equally or even more important significant human climate forcings."

Notes:
1. For a representative example of his style of criticizing proponent over-zealousness, click here to read his views on the disappearance of the Monteverde golden toad.

2. He had a serious run-in with NOAA-director and IPCC-heavy Tom Karl. Pielke accused Karl of suppressing evidence of climate model uncertainty when it conflicted with the IPCC party line. To read Pielke's version of the story (with email evidence), click here.

3. His son, the economist Roger Jr., is also an important critic of proponent obfuscation and zealotry.


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