Noted theoretical physicist Freeman Dyson says he votes for Democrats, but is disappointed with the position President Barack Obama has taken on climate change.
Dyson worked on climate change before his retirement as professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton in 1994, and said in an interview with the U.K. Register that scientists are ignoring their own data that show climate change isn’t happening as quickly as their models are predicting.
“It’s very sad that in this country, political opinion parted [people’s views on climate change],” Dyson said. “I’m 100 percent Democrat myself, and I like Obama. But he took the wrong side on this issue, and the Republicans took the right side.”
Climate change, he said, “is not a scientific mystery but a human mystery. How does it happen that a whole generation of scientific experts is blind to obvious facts?”
In the past 10 years the discrepancies between what is observed and what is predicted have become much stronger,” Dyson said. “It’s clear now the models are wrong, but it wasn’t so clear 10 years ago. I can’t say if they’ll always be wrong, but the observations are improving and so the models are becoming more verifiable.”
Carbon dioxide isn’t as bad for the environment as claimed, he said, and actually does more good than harm.
Among Dyson’s suggestions for combating climate change are building up topsoil and inducing snowfall to prevent the oceans from rising.
Dyson is best known for his work in quantum electrodynamics and nuclear engineering.