You could have heard a pin drop at the Hong Kong conference designed to persuade the airline industry to cut back on its production of so-called greenhouse gases to fight “global warming.”

The “Greener Skies 2008” conference had just heard from David Archibald, a solar scientist asserting that climate change is mostly dictated by solar cycles, not carbon dioxide levels, as conventional wisdom suggests.

Archibald didn’t just tell the group not to worry about carbon dioxide emissions. He told those gathered they should figure out ways of increasing CO2 output.

“In a few short years, we will have a reversal of the warming of the 20th century,” Archibald warned, according to CargoNews Asia. “There will be significant cooling very soon. Our generation has known a warm, giving sun, but the new generation will suffer a sun that is less giving, and the earth will be less fruitful. Carbon dioxide is not even a little bit bad – it’s wholly beneficial.”


One observer at the February conference said there would have been fewer jaws dropping had Archibald stripped off his clothes before the assembled.

“Plant growth responds to atmospheric carbon dioxide enrichment,” he continued. “In a world of higher atmospheric carbon dioxide, crops will use less water per unit of carbon dioxide uptake. Thus the productivity of semi-arid lands will increase the most.”

But the real shocker was not just his unorthodox view of carbon dioxide. Unlike most of those in the conference, Archibald doesn’t see a future threat of global warming, but an imminent and dire future of global cooling.

“We will need this increase in agricultural productivity to offset the colder weather coming,” he said. “It also follows that if the developed countries of the world want to be caring and sharing to the countries of the Third World, the best thing that could be done for them is to increase atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. It is the equivalent of giving them free phosphate fertilizer. Who would want to deny the Third World such a wonderful benefit?”

After Archibald’s speech, Martin Craigs, president of Aerospace Forum Asia, went to the microphone and asked: “Don’t you have Al Gore’s e-mail address?” “How can you be right and 2,000 scientists wrong?”

Archibald replied: “I am happy to share the science. It’s all reputable.”


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