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Ep. 223 Climate Scientist David Legates Gives a Contrarian View on Climate Change

David Legates has a PhD in climatology and is Professor of Climatology at the University of Delaware. He discusses the new 3rd edition of the Independent Institute book, “Hot Talk, Cold Science: Global Warming’s Unfinished Debate.”

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The audio production for this episode was provided by Podsworth Media.

About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech, Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, and co-host with Tom Woods of the podcast "Contra Krugman."


  1. clort on 11/23/2021 at 7:48 PM

    Listening to Bob read the NPR article, I thought to myself “I recognize the spirit behind that”. So I checked up on the name of the author – and I was right.

    • The Watcher on 01/28/2022 at 11:12 AM

      Who was it?

  2. RiK on 12/24/2021 at 8:20 PM

    Very interesting and informative. I particularly liked the discussions on Null Hypothesis, Confidence Intervals, and Sensitivity Analysis, which seem to be forgotten when discussing Stochastic Simulations of Climate Change. The lack of rigor drives me crazy.

    One question:

    If the variable associated with Carbon Doubling is so important, and in dispute, then why isn’t it modeled as a distribution rather than a single value?

    Given the relative speed of conducting Simulations (when I started modeling in the late 80’s it’d take 8 hours to do a single simulation run; in the 2015’s I could do 10,000 passes in 5 minutes) I don’t understand how applying a deterministic value to what is clearly a disputed variable can pass muster.

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