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Number of ‘Official Skeptics’ Increased in 2008

“Over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore” according to Marc Morano at the launch of a new report in Washington.  Mr Morano is  communications director for the Republicans on the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

According to Mr Morano, “This new 231-page U.S. Senate Minority Report report — updated from 2007’s groundbreaking report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming “consensus” — features the skeptical voices of over 650 prominent international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC.

“This updated report includes an additional 250 (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the initial release in December 2007.  The over 650 dissenting scientists are more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

The chorus of skeptical scientific voices grow louder in 2008 as a steady stream of peer-reviewed studies, analyses, real world data and inconvenient developments challenged the UN and former Vice President Al Gore’s claims that the “science is settled” and there is a “consensus.” On a range of issues, 2008 proved to be challenging for the promoters of man-made climate fears. 

Promoters of anthropogenic warming fears endured the following: Global temperatures failing to warm; Peer-reviwed studies predicting a continued lack of warming;  a failed attempt to revive the discredited “Hockey Stick”; inconvenient developments and studies regarding CO2; the Sun; Clouds; Antarctica; the Arctic; Greenland; Mount Kilimanjaro; Hurricanes; Extreme Storms; Floods; Ocean Acidification; Polar Bears; lack of atmosphieric dust; the failure of oceans to warm and rise as predicted.  

In addition, the following developments further secured 2008 as the year the “consensus” collapsed.  Russian scientists “rejected the very idea that carbon dioxide may be responsible for global warming”. An American Physical Society editor conceded that a “considerable presence” of scientific skeptics exist.  An International team of scientists countered the UN IPCC, declaring: “Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate”.  India Issued a report challenging global warming fears.  International Scientists demanded the UN IPCC “be called to account and cease its deceptive practices,” and a canvass of more than 51,000 Canadian scientists revealed 68% disagree that global warming science is “settled.”  

“This new report issued by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the GOP Ranking Member is the latest evidence of the growing groundswell of scientific opposition challenging significant aspects of the claims of the UN IPCC and Al Gore. Scientific meetings are now being dominated by a growing number of skeptical scientists. The prestigious International Geological Congress, dubbed the geologists’ equivalent of the Olympic Games, was held in Norway in August 2008 and prominently featured the voices of scientists skeptical of man-made global warming fears.

“Even the mainstream media has begun to take notice of the expanding number of scientists serving as “consensus busters.” A November 25, 2008 article in Politico noted that a “growing accumulation” of science is challenging warming fears, and added that the “science behind global warming may still be too shaky to warrant cap-and-trade legislation.” Canada’s Financial Post noted on October 20, 2008, that “the number of climate change skeptics is growing rapidly.” New York Times environmental reporter Andrew Revkin noted on March 6, 2008, “As we all know, climate science is not a numbers game (there are heaps of signed statements by folks with advanced degrees on all sides of this issue),” Revkin wrote. In 2007, Washington Post Staff Writer Juliet Eilperin conceded the obvious, writing that climate skeptics “appear to be expanding rather than shrinking.”

Link to Intro and full report:

Photograph of Marc Morano taken by Jennifer Marohasy in New York in March 2008.


126 Responses to “Number of ‘Official Skeptics’ Increased in 2008”

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  1. Comment from: cohenite

    Will; MOTRAN shows what is happening at each layer; it is a LBL spectrum profile of the atmosphere; like HARTCODE, which M used and TIGR and to a limited extent the Cabauw measurements; eli had a link to a number of LBL profile models; maybe he’ll link it again. My fiddling with MOTRAN which Jan provided (thanks Jan!) shows that decreases in CO2 do change the profile, as you’d expect if the greenhouse effect is at a maximum, but doesn’t shift it with increases. Why don’t you have a go?

  2. Comment from: TrueSceptic

    Louis Hissink,

    Like to see what Morano wrote me? Easily done:

    “Below is your entry in our Senate report. You did “tell EPW.” EPW is the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. You send me an email in January of 2008 when I asked you for comments for our report. Thanks!

    Yet you saw fit to post this

    I have just visited Tim Lambert’s blog and indeed I am the star of his latest post!

    Interestingly he quotes a lengthy summary of something I wrote on 21 January 2008, and which I told EPW?

    As I don’t recall being interviewed by anyone during January 2008 over climate issues, Lambert’s quote

    “”The assumption that humanity, from its burning of hydrocarbons, is raising the surface temperature of the earth by affecting its greenhouse effect, is not supported by theory nor the physical evidence. No gas is capable of storing heat so the assumption a gas could is to misunderstand basic physics and the greenhouse effect,” Hissink told EPW on January 21, 2008. ” is a blatant lie.

    Heaven’s sake, I don’t even know what EPW stands for.

    There is a reason why Tim Lambert has the nickname “Sir Ad Hominous”. The intellectually constipated always fall back on personal slurs as a debating tool when faced with a lack of empirical facts.

    Gosh, I must be, in the eyes of the OZ AGW circus a most PROMINENT SCIENTIST to deserve such concerted effort to publicize my thoughts on global warming and Lyellian Lyricism.

    You attacked Lambert for lying. You were mistaken. Your inability to apologise is what makes you a schmuck.

    As for being called a “nutter”, I’d be proud of that. Given that you have contempt for the scientific establishment and all those who accept mainstream science, any insult from that crowd is surely a compliment. How would you expect otherwise given the list of unconventional beliefs you have? Perhaps you could remind us what they are?

  3. Comment from: Louis Hissink


    As I said, the hysteria dial has been turned up. I also see you are a tad repetitious – needle stuck in the groove is it?

    I have contempt for pseudoscience by the way, which a lot of mainstream science unfortunately has fallen into; I add that I am not alone in this respect.

    Oh and please do list the unconventional beliefs you allege I have, it would be interesting to read how porkies you might be capable of.

  4. Comment from: TrueSceptic


    Repetition tends to happen when a question is evaded (do you know of Jeremy Paxman?).

    I’m surprised that you think I _allege_ that you have unconventionial beliefs. Surely you are proud of same? Should I list them and see which are still current?

  5. Comment from: Louis Hissink


    I have no intention of apologising to anyone who deploys messenger shooting as a debating tool.

    I care not a whit whether I know of Jeremy Paxman or not.

    I think you confuse multiple working hypotheses as beliefs, and didn’t I ask you to list in the previous post are have you reading difficulties.

  6. Comment from: Gordon Robertson

    Louis….”holey moley that is coooold. Over proof rum is the prescription”.

    Yes…the rum acts as a good anti-freeze to keep your blood from freezing. I have heard tales of other methods though as described in this poem by the Canadian poet, Robert Service:

    Note the reference to the eyelashes freezing together so you can’t open your eyes. I worked with a young guy from northern Alberta who claimed that was true.

    Also, note the phrase, “a promise made is a debt unpaid”. That’s a term used by older Canadians I have known and I’m sure it originated with Robert Service.

    About the polar bears in Churchill. They’ll be off cavorting in the frozen tundra by now. The garbage will be frozen and of no interest to them. They are most likely hiding out from census takers and having a giggle.

  7. Comment from: WJP


    You don’t have dyslexia by any chance? It would seem from my side of the screen that “GreenStooge” might be a more appropiate moniker to punch in next time, I fink!

  8. Comment from: Eli Rabett

    C, MOTRAN is what you take for a headache

  9. Comment from: cohenite

    eli before taking his MOTRAN;

  10. Comment from: jan pompe

    Cohenite: “eli before taking his MOTRAN;”

    I don’t know what MOTRAN is sounds like a trucking company but Motrin is and analgesic (Ibuprofin I believe) I hope the clever bunny doesn’t swallow MOTRAN whatever it is. Might give him a bigger headache.

  11. Comment from: cohenite

    Jan; apparently one of the acronyms for MOTRAN is for a West Texan trucking alliance; maybe eli comes from Texas, or wishes he did.

  12. Comment from: jan pompe

    cohenite: Not a bad guess. I just love it when a spelling flame warrior bunny gets it wrong.

  13. Comment from: Louis Hissink

    fricaseed wabbit?

  14. Comment from: TrueSceptic


    My reading abilities are fine, thank you. Got anything constructive?

    Being a lazy sort, I was hoping that Louis would save me some searching and typing, but it seems not…

  15. Comment from: TrueSceptic

    So who said MOTRAN first? I thought it was cohenite.

  16. Comment from: Eli Rabett

    Yep, and Eli thought it just showed exactly how much C understands about what he cuts and pastes.

    (BTW MODTRAN is NOT a line by line code and there is a lot more between head breakingly stupid and not even wrong with what he wrote) The Bunny has to go find some MOTRAN.

  17. Comment from: Louis Hissink

    TrueSceptic: “Being a lazy sort..”

    Says it all, doesn’t it.

  18. Comment from: cohenite

    Oh ok eli; MODTRAN models an atmospheric profile of the propogation of radiation with a spectral resolution of 1 cm-1; so how is a LBL atmospheric profile different?

    Yes, truesceptic, I cannot tell a lie, it was me. You have obviously exhausted your ironic capacity with your sobriquet.

  19. Comment from: jan pompe

    The Bunny has to go find some MOTRAN.

    Bunny needs to learn to spell before he poisons himself.

  20. Comment from: Eli Rabett

    2 cm-1

  21. Comment from: SJT

    *munches on some popcorn*

  22. Comment from: Gordon Robertson

    Update from the Great White North:

    It’s not just the prairies that are cold, Vancouver, which is normally between 0 C and 6 C this time of year is – 6 C. There’s no end in sight, that’s what gets me. We often get a week or two of weather like this in February, but it’s literally unheard of this time of year.

    Hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come.

  23. Comment from: TrueSceptic


    “Being lazy” explains what, exactly?

    Anyway, I think discussing your unconventional beliefs would take this thread too far OT. Perhaps Jennifer might give them a thread of their own? They interesting enough to warrant that.

  24. Comment from: TrueSceptic


    Good thing that you know what *irony* means, then. ;)

  25. Comment from: TrueSceptic


    They *are* interesting…

    Honestly. I love stuff like that.

  26. Comment from: SJT

    “Hmmm. Good question. They’ve got to be at least a notch or two above a washed up politician”

    Gore has nothing to do with the IPCC report.

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