Friday, December 21, 2007

Senate Report: More Evidence Non-Scientists Will Bash as "Non-Scientific"

What's a little evidence, to those who stifle debate by
likening skepticism to being a "Holocaust Denier"?

Just when you were ready to trade in your Dodge Dakota for a pogo stick...

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.

The new report issued by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists, the overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007.

The John Edwards Love Child Scandal wasn't the only story you wouldn't hear about if you kept yourself informed by watching ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC or reading USA Today or other Mainstream Media(MSM).

Global warming might be the media's latest example of a "blizzards are heading our way--stay tuned" story. Local TV stations have long hyped any bad weather in a local area to encourage viewers to return to see an update: snow, sleet or gloom of night.

Stories, such as the Senate Report, are starting to appear even in the Traditional Press--long a stronghold of the sensationalized, not-very-scientific wailing that pass as scientific reporting.

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.” (LINK) In addition, many scientists who are also progressive environmentalists believe climate fear promotion has "co-opted" the green movement. (LINK)
This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new “consensus busters” report is poised to redefine the debate.

The Senate Report also mentions the fact that debate in 'man-made climate change' more closely resembles a community get-together in Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1692.

Scientist, ever mindful of who controls the spending levers of their funding, are reported to be cautious of opposing publicly a fad that had achieved all the trappings of a real scientific theory.
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.

We've long been skeptical of talk of a "scientific consensus". Science doesn't operate that way and anyone with a little background understands that.

Science is about hard data, experiments, observation, and the replication of experiments.

The hysteria over "man-made climate change" (global warming's latest re-packaging) contains none of that, save perhaps the observation that somewhere in the rush to enact brave new taxes, there's a buck to be made.

When spurned politicians, Hollywood movie stars and fast-buck agri-business conglomerates are turned into the "scientific spokesmen of the day", global cooling is likely to be the type of science you get.

"It is not necessary to understand things in order to argue about them." -- Pierre Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais, French author and dramatist (1732-1799).

Nowhere is the above statement more evident than in the public debate over global warming.

by Mondoreb & RidesAPaleHorse
Source: U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Scientists Dispute Man-Made Global Warming i 2007


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