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New Study Increases Concerns About Climate Model Reliability

ScienceDaily – December 12, 2007

If you read this site on a regular basis, this will be no surprise to you. A couple fairly prominent and outspoken scientists are trying to explain that the computer models that are used for predicting the massive problems of the future are not quite as accurate and foretelling as some will have you believe.

Many people will say that the climate projections are good enough and we should go into massive retooling of the worlds economy based on this small amount of information. This is the common theme over at RealClimate. While the jury is still out, in my opinion, as to what the future holds for us, there is no question that we do not have very good evidence on either side of the issue. The current models make numerous assumptions and any errors in the logic will tend to exaggerate over time.

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Gore’s Army may be Lacking in Scientific Background

AccuWeather.com – July 5, 2007
ChronicleOnline – May 30, 2007

I first learned of this story on AccuWeather’s global warming blog but their coverage of it is fairly sparse so I am going to quote their sources as well.

I am concerned that Mr. Gore didn’t choose student engineers and scientists that could give presentations (yes, engineers can be trained to speak to a crowd as well). I would have thought that being able to effectively communicate would be only one criteria – the other being able to effectively understand the chemistry and physics involved.  But then this program is being run by a politician who, at one time, claimed to have invented the Internet. Communication skills are probably the most important to him.

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Getting personal on global warming

Newsday.com – April 29, 2007

Okay, I admit it.  I am a relative softy. I read this personal editorial by a college sophomore and I felt a little pride in our human race. Not that I agreed with everything she said (more on that later) but simply that she was being active in her community and doing her best to understand and communicate a position. I think if more people thought intensely on a certain issue and took a position, the world would be a better place.

All that being said, I would like to point out a few things in her otherwise excellent article that bother me.

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