“But My Guru”

Description. – Contrarians’ favorite authorities.


[PATRICK] Arrhenius was not an alarmist. He saw the benefits of more CO2.

[NEASDEN] Arrhenius said it would be a good thing but it hasn’t happened anyway.

[FRIENDS] [Svante’s] paper makes difficult reading because of the numerous uncertainties involved and the lack of scientific resources that we today would consider normal. But one can conclude that he lowered his estimates of maximum warming by several degrees.

[ANATOLY] Svante Arrhenius, the Swedish Social Democrat who created the world’s first climate model in the 1890s, was also an enthusiastic eugenicist.

Objections and Replies

(My guru was right)

(That guru also said)

(But Galileo was)

The Galileo Gambit is so common I dedicate a page to it.


1. Svante is my toy example because he’s the father figure of global warming and because there are too many authorities to cite. He also happened to entertain dubious ideas. There are no heroes anymore.

2. Eunice Foote was the first scientist to publish a paper connecting CO2 and temperatures. Father figures are first and foremost figures.

3. Many gurus appear in my Index of Equivalents. Do your own opposition research. Better, keep your eye on the ball.

4. We need better contrarian models. Here are mine.