Martin Hertzberg says global warming is a farce.
Even if advocates of the phenomenon are right about their claim the Earth is warming, it’s not because of humans, he says.
“If there is any global warming, it’s natural. But I would go further. The theory that human emission of carbon dioxide having an effect … that theory, in my humble opinion as a scientist, is one of the greatest frauds in the history of science,” Hertzberg said.
The bottom line is that carbon dioxide has a minimal impact on climatology, he says. And he should know, because he was a meteorologist in the Navy, and has since taught the subject as well as turned it into his retirement hobby for the past 15 years.
Since the start of the global warming fad, as he might call it, in the mid-1990s, and since he moved to Copper Mountain as a full-time resident in 1996, he’s delved into the subject. He’s published several papers and coauthored a book titled “Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory.” He rarely lets any mention of climate change in the pages of the Summit Daily go unchallenged, and opinion page readers are accustomed to seeing him voice his doubts on a regular basis.
Carbon dioxide makes up such a small portion of the atmosphere, it can’t have an effect, Hertzberg said. He uses the figure of 395 parts per million, which he said is roughly .04 percent of the atmosphere’s composition.
“That one small constituent in the atmosphere is responsible for all this weather phenomenon is nonsense,” Hertzberg said.
Instead, other factors contribute to long-term weather change. “Little ice ages” have occurred as recently as the middle of the last millennium, following a warming period during the medieval period, and fluctuations since, he said.
“It’s no coincidence they grew grapes in northern England. That the Vikings settled Greenland during that period,” Hertzberg said, adding that when temperatures changed, Viking villages went “belly-up. The Thames froze over. Manhattan’s rivers froze.”