Interesting Statement By Burt Rutan On Climate In The Economist

In the June 2 2012 issue of the Economist, there is an interesting statement on the climate issue by Burt Rutan. He is highlighted in a two page article titled

A maverick in flight

The article starts with the text

Burt Rutan, a pioneering and unconventional aerospace engineer, has made a career of doing what other people say is impossible.

His statement on the climate issue is in the paragraph [highlight added]

Thanks to the ultra-efficient Voyager, the hybrid-electric BiPod and the fact that he is in the process of building a 31-acre photovoltaic solar farm in the California desert, Mr Rutan is occasionally mistaken for an environmentalist. It is an accusation he is quick to deny. “I drove an electric car for seven years because of its advanced technology, not because I have any concerns about energy resources,” he says. “I have none at all. And when environmentalists say that global warming is dangerous, unprecedented and that we’ll have a tipping point for atmospheric carbon dioxide, it’s just nonsense.”

While I have concluded that there is risk from inserting too much carbon dioxide into the climate system [mostly for its effect on biogeochemical processes in the ocean and land ecosystems], it is refreshing to see someone of his stature and vision question the perspective of those who promote the CO2-centric view of climate.

The concluding text from the article is also refreshing

It is his willingness to follow his own instincts towards unorthodox solutions that had made Mr Rutan such a successful innovator. He doesn’t care what other people think, and has always just gone his own way regardless.

This is an excellent recommendation for those who continue to be locked into the narrow-minded IPCC perspective of the climate system!

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