Tuesday, March 06, 2007

National Post series on global warming deniers

Since this is a hot topic on the bayblab, the National Post has a really nicely put together series on global warming deniers. Obviously some scientists with good credentials. Although I find it Ironic that they lumped-in a global warming believer who thinks it will be good for the economy. So obviously this isn't really about science but about policy. Also amusing how they describe the majority of climatologist as convinced that the science is settled. Obviously science is never settled, so it's a moot point... Also interesting is how a lot of the cited scientists have actually issued statements regarding the articles and clarifying their position because they were misquoted...


5 comments:

Bayman said...

From the National Post website, a bio on Lawrence Solomon, author of the article in question:

"Lawrence Solomon, whose column appears every Wednesday in the Financial Post, is one of Canada's leading environmentalists. His book, The Conserver Solution (Doubleday), which popularized the Conserver Society concept in the late 1970s, became the manual for those interested in incorporating environmental factors into economic life. An advisor to President Carter's Task Force on the Global Environment (the Global 2000 Report) in the late 1970's, he has since been at the forefront of movements to reform foreign aid, stop nuclear power expansion and toll roads. Mr. Solomon is a founder and managing director of Energy Probe Research Foundation and the executive director of its Urban Renaissance Institute and Consumer Policy Institute divisions. He has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail, a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the editor and publisher of the award-winning The Next City magazine, and the author or co-author of several books. "

Bayman said...

From Nigel Weiss who was blatantly misquoted in Solomon's article:

“Although solar activity has an effect on the climate, these changes are small compared to those associated with global warming. Any global cooling associated with a fall in solar activity would not significantly affect the global warming caused by greenhouse gases.
... I share the view of the majority of the scientific community that the evidence for such a link and thus the occurrence of man-made global warming is significant and a matter of grave concern.”

smokeydog said...

Little Lying Al Gore, a D student and inventer of the internet, has no credibility amongst the "great unwashed." Likewise the disUnited Nations and the so-called independent science free lance writers and the vast majority of the "scientist community" whose livelyhood depends on massive government grants. Go somewhere else Henny Penny!

Bayman said...

Huh?

Who are the "great unwashed"?
disUnited is not a word.
Why does getting government grants decrease credibility?

What's a Henny Penny?

Bayman said...

Ohhhh....

From the Urban Dictionary:

1. the great unwashed

the working class masses

"Corporations fear the day that the great unwashed will throw of the shackles of consumerism and ever increasing debt and focus on more imporant endeavours such as their health, family and friends."

2. the great unwashed
Coined by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, "the great unwashed" refers to the lower classes.

The common people.

"The great unwashed enjoy reality TV and shopping at Wal-Mart."



I still don't see why the so-called great unwashed would rather learn about the world through their WalMart flyers rather than from people like scientists who try to serve the public interest and have no vested interested in profiting off ignorance and selling people things they don't need.