Sunday 23 December 2012

Samuele Furfari's lecture for The Royal Academies for Science and the Arts of Belgium

Samuele Furfari Le changement climatique pourquoi tant des passions
Samuele Furfari
(Picture: Desmogblog)
Under the title ‘climate change, why such a heated debate’, the French part of the Belgian Royal Academy of Sciences recently organized a series of lectures by Belgian climate skeptics like Samuele Furfari, Alain Préat, Henri Masson and Istvan Marko.

The result, as could’ve been foreseen by the Academy, was a bunch of crap. Crap, crap, crap.

The series started with Samuel Furfari’s presentation quelles controverse?

Samuele Furfari is a high ranking official in the European Commission on energy issues and sustainable development.

He starts his lecture on climate change by stating Sustainable Development is not a scientific concept. Cute, but completely irrelevant for the physics of climate science. So it’s a bit bizarre he starts his lecture that way. Unless of course his “skepticism” is not about climate science at all…

Samuele Furfari climate change skepticism rechauffement climatique
Al Gore ate ice cream once.
Therefore global warming is a hoax.
His second slide features extremely important book The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia — and How It Died by Philip Jenkins. He goes on with the slogan by the Japanese Ice Cream Producer Lotte: “Eating ice cream wil decrease your body temperature temperature  and wich is benificial for your body”. No, the lecture does not explain why this slogan has any scientific relevance.

Everything you expect to read from a pseudo-skeptic is in his lecture.
  • Nagging about Al Gore ? Check.
  • Hockeystick ? Check.
  • They cannot predict tomorrow’s weather ? Check.
  • They predicted cooling in the seventies ? Check.
  • Climate is always changing ? Check.
  • It’s the sun ? Check.
  • IPCC is a just political organization ? Check.
  • Earth hasn’t warmed for 12 years ? Check.
  • Other planets are warming too ? Check.
etc. etc.

Samuele Furfari didn’t manage to address a single interesting issue or insight. Only crap, crap and more crap.

The only question this presentation provokes is ‘WTF was the Academy thinking’.