So-called “world’s smartest man,” physicist Stephen Hawking has come out with a bizarre claim that President Trump’s policies would push the Earth “over the brink” to irreversible global warming, an assertion that even climate change promoters are finding hard to swallow.
Hawking said in an interview with BBC News that the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris climate accord would doom the planet and push it on its way toward becoming inhabitable. “We are close to the tipping point where global warming becomes irreversible. Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees, and raining sulphuric acid,” Hawking said.
“Climate change is one of the great dangers we face, and it’s one we can prevent if we act now,” he continued. “By denying the evidence for climate change, and pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Donald Trump will cause avoidable environmental damage to our beautiful planet, endangering the natural world, for us and our children.”
As reported in the Daily Caller:
Climate scientists, even those usually worried about future global warming, pushed back against Hawking’s claims that Earth would become like Venus.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue called Hawking’s statements “bizarre,” and professor and environmental activist Bjorn Lomborg noted how the Paris agreement would only avert 0.2 degrees of projected global warming.
Venus’s atmosphere is 96.5 percent carbon dioxide, which means its climate is extremely hot compared to Earth’s climate. Earth’s atmosphere is only four-hundredths of one percent carbon dioxide. Venus’s average surface temperature is 864 degrees Fahrenheit, while Earth’s average surface temperature from 1951 and 1980 was 57.2 degrees Fahrenheit.
In spite of repudiations of the comments by actual scientists, UN head of environment Erik Solheim decided to promote Hawking’s odd statements.