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Launch Magazine – July/August issue

Walter Cunningham is one of the astronauts of Apollo 7.  He writes about global warming in the latest issue of Launch Magazine and his comments bear considering.

Mr. Cunningham is important in this discussion because of his obvious intelligence and past leadership but also in his strong ability in analyzing scientific and political events and drawing conclusions.

What I find to be most compelling are:

  • his ridicule of climate models.
  • his discussions of correlation and causation.
  • the replacement of scientific discussion with emotional arguments.
  • the condemnation of Mr. Hansen – one of the early warning voices of global warming and an employee of NASA.

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Put oil firm chiefs on trial, says leading climate change scientist

The Guardian – June 23, 2008

Jim Hansen of NASA must have finally gone off the deep end.  While the man is probably brilliant, his call to put the CEOs of companies on trial for global warming is one of the most radical statements that I have heard in this global warming discussion. He states that he is 99% certain that carbon dioxide has already passed the safe level.

Mr. Hansen is certainly free to challenge the election of politicians and to speak on what he feels needs to be done.  However, when someone calls for radical measures such as putting CEOs on trial for high crimes against humanity, I immediately put him into the weirdo bucket and dismiss him as a heretic.

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Hansenís 1988 projections

RealClimate – May 15, 2007

RealClimate is a great site.  If you are not reading this site regularly, you should.  Their articles tend to be much more technical than what I put here on a daily basis and the frequent commentators in the comments tend to really know the science and chemistry behind the weather.  I know that a lot of professionals consider RealClimate to be part of their weekly reading regiment. That being said, I don’t always agree with everything that the editors post (what would be the fun in that).  They certainly have a theme and a message for their site and one should take that into perspective but since I encourage everyone to have an open mind on these very technical and critical matters, reading a well-written site like RealClimate is part of the process.

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