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The Washington Times – December 21, 2007
This story has been floating around the media for some time and I suppose it is time that I discuss it as well. It wouldn’t be such a big deal except that Mr. Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Nobel prize winner, declared the debate over and that there was a consensus among scientists. Of course, the first thing that happens with that kind of grandiose statement is the nay-sayers raise their hands REAL HIGH!
That is part of what makes this discussion so interesting (and so frustrating). Seemingly intelligent people with such strong and diverse opinions that are arguing so strenuously. As with most bi-polar discussions, the truth likely lies somewhere in the middle.
Obviously the stakes are high. If global warming is caused by humans then it may cause trillions in damages and untold loss of life. If global warming is not happening or is not influenced greatly by humans, then it is a waste of huge amount of resources that may go to better and more predictable causes (Bjorn Lomborg speaks on this repeatedly and you can read more here although not everyone agrees with Mr. Lomborg).
I find it disingenuous that Mr. Gore’s spokesperson immediately threw mud at the scientists implying that they were bribed to make their statements. Even if an oil company funds some research, that does not make the research false. Especially since we know that others are funding research that tries to prove global warming. Scientists need funding to do their work. We hope that this funding doesn’t obscure their work and the scientific community would condemn anyone that was blatantly falsifying evidence.
Perhaps this mudslinging is part of the reason that Dr. Paldor states that some scientists are fearful to voice their skepticism on this subject. This is a shame and does not lend to an informed opinion by public.
My overall advice to everyone is to not take extreme views on this subject. Just yesterday, I wrote about a new study showing that one of the infallible predictions of global warming (that hurricanes will increase) may not be true and evidence points to a reduction in hurricanes. We simply do not know what is going to happen based on our current understanding of the climate. If you want to stay informed, subscribe to the feed of this site and I will do my best to give you a balanced perspective. You can also sign up to have these articles emailed to you.
More than 400 scientists challenge claims by former Vice President Al Gore and the United Nations about the threat of man-made global warming, a new Senate minority report says.
The scientists … cast doubt on the “scientific consensus” that man-made global warming imperils the planet.
The endless claims of a ‘consensus’ about man-made global warming grow less-and-less credible every day…
After a quick review of the report, Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider said 25 or 30 of the scientists may have received funding from Exxon Mobil Corp. Exxon Mobil spokesman Gantt H. Walton dismissed the accusation, saying the company is concerned about climate-change issues and does not pay scientists to bash global-warming theories.
…environmental scientist David W. Schnare of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said he was skeptical because “conclusions about the cause of the apparent warming stand on the shoulders of incredibly uncertain data and models. … As a policy matter, one has to be less willing to take extreme actions when data are highly uncertain.”
“Many of my colleagues with whom I spoke share these views and report on their inability to publish their skepticism in the scientific or public media,” atmospheric scientist Nathan Paldor, professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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