Steven E. Koonin is a theoretical physicist whose research included computational physics, nuclear astrophysics, and computational modeling. He has served on various U.S. government advisory boards and chaired the JASON defense advisory panel. From 1995 through 2004 he was Provost of Caltech and from 2009 through 2011 Under Secretary for Science in the U.S. Department of Energy of the Obama administration.
Koonin is the author of the 2021 book, Unsettled: What Climate Science Tells Us, What It Doesn’t, and Why It Matters, which caused a variety of acute conditions among climate change catastrophists and advocates of return to those idyllic days when a world population of one billion huddled in the cold and lit their hovels with whale oil. Unsettled is currently the best-selling book on climatology at Amazon.com.
In this interview with Brian Keating, Dr Koonin discusses what “the science” really says in the 3068 pages of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s assessment report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability [PDF, 378 Mb], and why it is foolhardy and dangerous to set policy and be governed by those who have read only the 33 page “Summary for Policymakers” [PDF, 1.4 Mb], “if that”.