Ebell: "I'm not claiming to be a climate authority—the way Jim Hansen is, or Robert Corell. Every interview I do, when I'm asked about scientific issues, I say I'm not a climate scientist.” ("A Convenient Untruth," Vanity Fair)
What this means: Although Ebell has devoted decades to discrediting the work of legitimate scientists like Hansen & Corell, he admits that he does not have any of their expertise in climate science. Nonetheless, Ebell is asking us to:
Ebell: "People prefer warmer climates. They do better in them. People do better in Phoenix than they do in Buffalo. They feel better, they're happier, they're more productive. They live longer.” ("A Convenient Untruth," Vanity Fair)
What this means: People in Phoenix are obviously happier and more productive than people in Buffalo. Therefore—despite other predicted warming results like widespread flooding, drought and famine—it’s still better overall for our nation if places like Buffalo get warmer (even if it will be 120 degrees year-round in places like Phoenix, and the great American plains become too arid for farming).
Ebell: "Yes, rising sea levels, if they happen, would be bad for a lot of people. But a warming trend would be good for other people.” ("Love Global Warming," FORBES)
What this means: Again—despite widely predicted warming results like widespread flooding, drought and famine, and although entire coastlines (including places like Florida and New York City) will likely become uninhabitable—the people who haven't drowned, starved or died of thirst will be able to enjoy milder winters along the Canadian border.
Ebell: "Life in many places would become more pleasant. Instead of 20 below zero in January in Saskatoon, it might be only 10 below.” ("Love Global Warming," FORBES)
What this means: Once more, other predicted warming results like widespread flooding, drought and famine will be worth it because it might only be 10 below in places like Saskatoon in January.
Ebell: “In fact, there is no question that most people prefer less severe winters.” ("Love Global Warming," FORBES)
What this means: Ebell clearly does not like winter. More distressingly, he clearly does not understand the real consequences of catastrophic climate change. Myron Ebell is not a man who should be taken seriously, and allowing his blueprint to shape climate policy for America would, indeed, be catastrophic.