In the movie ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ Al Gore falsely claims that all climate change skeptics are in the pay of big oil.
Just last week there were more false claims inparticular claims that the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) is recruiting skeptics with bribes of $10,000 to scientists who will dispute the findings of a recent summary document published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Online journal TCS Daily has published a piece by Nick Schultz entitled ‘I Want to Demand This Freedom for Future Generations’ explaining and defending the actions of the American Enterprise Institute which he describes as paying scientists to “highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the IPCC process, especially as it bears on potential policy responses to climate change.”
There are some interesting comments following the article by Schultz incuding this one:
“What we see right now is climate scientists, perhaps even the vast majority of them, bringing their data and models, finding political allies, and demanding a solution that will be unquestionably economically costly. Skepticism is not just about the data or models. It is about incentives, consequences, and even motivations… I respect the data and the models. [But] before we apply them in a political context though, I want to see the scientists sweat a lot.”
There is certainly a need for proper scrutiny of the various IPCC summaries and reports and also the the likely consequences of the various actions proposed by government economists and scientists to curb greenhouse emissions. But most of the world’s politicians and journalists seem happy to just accept the findings. For example, has the new review from the Fraser Institute, which to some extent sets out to expose the strengths and weaknesses of the new IPCC report, been acknowledged in the mainstream media at all?
And what is opinion from a skeptic worth and who should pay for it?
Graham Young, the editor of e-journal On Line Opinion, wrote at his blog last year, “Isn’t it a pity that we have to rely on oil companies to finance the devil’s advocate position on global warming?”
I’m not sure that any of the scientists interviewed by Lawrence Solomon for a series of articles in the Financial Post entitled ‘The Deniers’ have anything to do with oil companies, but I think Graham Young nevertheless makes a good point.
Anyway, there are apparently 10 articles by Lawrence Solomon purportedly on scientists who “buck the conventional wisdom on climate science” but I have only been able to find the following four:
1. Will the sun cool us?
Friday, January 12, 2007
The science is settled” on climate change, say most scientists in the field. They believe that man-made emissions of greenhouse gases are heating the globe to dangerous levels and that, in the coming decades, steadily increasing temperatures will melt the polar ice caps and flood the world’s low-lying coastal areas.
Don’t tell that to Nigel Weiss, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge, past President of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a scientist as honoured as they come. The science is anything but settled, he observes, except for one virtual certainty: The world is about to enter a cooling period.
Read the complete text here: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/archives/story.html?id=5c8d30c6-9d77-4ccc-99d9-c3a095750cdc
2. The limits of predictability
Friday, January 19, 2007
When Frans Nieuwstadt, a distinguished Dutch meteorologist, engineer, editor and professor, died in 2005, his obituary recounted seminal events in his accomplished life. Among the experiences worthy of mention: Nieuwstadt had studied under the celebrated professor, Henk Tennekes, and along with other colleagues had been instrumental in convincing Tennekes to return to Europe in 1978 to become director of research at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute and later chairman of the august Scientific Advisory Committee of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts…
Tennekes became more than an inspiration for his students and a model for other scientists, however. He also became an object lesson in the limits of scientific inquiry. Because his critiques of climate science ran afoul of the orthodoxy required by the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute, he was forced to leave. Lesser scientists, seeing that even a man of Tennekes’s reputation was not free to voice dissent, learned their lesson. Ever since, most scientists who harbour doubts about climate science bite their tongues and keep their heads down.
Read the complete text here: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/archives/story.html?id=f53da8fc-4ece-455c-9591-a51c6fe18f97
3. Look to Mars for the truth on global warming
Friday, January 26, 2007
Climate change is a much, much bigger issue than the public, politicians, and even the most alarmed environmentalists realize. Global warming extends to Mars, where the polar ice cap is shrinking, where deep gullies in the landscape are now laid bare, and where the climate is the warmest it has been in decades or centuries.
“One explanation could be that Mars is just coming out of an ice age,” NASA scientist William Feldman speculated after the agency’s Mars Odyssey completed its first Martian year of data collection. “In some low-latitude areas, the ice has already dissipated.” With each passing year more and more evidence arises of the dramatic changes occurring on the only planet on the solar system, apart from Earth, to give up its climate secrets.
NASA’s findings in space come as no surprise to Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov at Saint Petersburg’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory. Pulkovo — at the pinnacle of Russia’s space-oriented scientific establishment — is one of the world’s best equipped observatories and has been since its founding in 1839. Heading Pulkovo’s space research laboratory is Dr. Abdussamatov, one of the world’s chief critics of the theory that man-made carbon dioxide emissions create a greenhouse effect, leading to global warming.
Read the complete article here: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/archives/story.html?id=eabbe10d-3891-41eb-9ee1-a59b71743bec&p=1
4. The real deal?
Against the grain: Some scientists deny global warming exists
Friday, February 02, 2007
Astrophysicist Nir Shariv, one of Israel’s top young scientists, describes the logic that led him — and most everyone else — to conclude that SUVs, coal plants and other things man-made cause global warming…
Dr. Shariv’s digging led him to the surprising discovery that there is no concrete evidence — only speculation — that man-made greenhouse gases cause global warming. Even research from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change– the United Nations agency that heads the worldwide effort to combat global warming — is bereft of anything here inspiring confidence.
Read the complete text: http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/story.html?id=156df7e6-d490-41c9-8b1f-106fef8763c6&k=0
So what is opinion from a climate change skeptic worth and who should pay for it?