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December 20, 2007

The Science Is Settled: 400 Scientists Voice Skepticism Over Global Warming Alarmism

Since we're apparently doing science by polling now, I guess we're still behind since the global warming alarmists have "over a thousand" scientists and we only have over 400; so what's that, like 65%-35% at best? Hopefully, though, with some push-polling and direct mailing, and maybe a few celebrity endorsements, we can get those numbers up a bit and thereby settle the "science" in our favor.

As Arthur C. Clarke once said, a sufficiently advanced science is indistinguishable from public relations and political campaigning.

This doesn't seem to be some signed statement, which is regrettable. Such a statement would carry some weight. It seems instead to just be a collection by Senator Inhofe of scientists disputing the IPCC and global warming alarmism generally.

Still, it's something:

Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. ...

Even some in the establishment media now appear to be taking notice of the growing number of skeptical scientists. In October, the Washington Post Staff Writer Juliet Eilperin conceded the obvious, writing that climate skeptics "appear to be expanding rather than shrinking." Many scientists from around the world have dubbed 2007 as the year man-made global warming fears “bite the dust.” In addition, many scientists who are also progressive environmentalists believe climate fear promotion has "co-opted" the green movement.

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Many of the scientists featured in this report consistently stated that numerous colleagues shared their views, but they will not speak out publicly for fear of retribution. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of almost 70 peer-reviewed studies, explains how many of his fellow scientists have been intimidated.

“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,” Paldor wrote. [Note: See also July 2007 Senate report detailing how skeptical scientists have faced threats and intimidation - LINK ]

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Paleoclimatologist Dr. Tim Patterson, professor in the department of Earth Sciences at Carleton University in Ottawa, recently converted from a believer in man-made climate change to a skeptic. Patterson noted that the notion of a “consensus” of scientists aligned with the UN IPCC or former Vice President Al Gore is false. “I was at the Geological Society of America meeting in Philadelphia in the fall and I would say that people with my opinion were probably in the majority.”

Since "science" is now being settled by political means, it's time for these actual scientists to get with the new paradigm and unite to write, sign, and endorse a paper refuting the claim of "consensus" over global warming.

Of course, if we get more scientists signing such a letter, Al Gore will demand a recount.


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