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What is worse than consensus science?
Andrew Bolt has done a great public service. In commenting on how the ABC is going to air 'The Great Global Warming Swindle', he has put together a good list of the many scientists who doubt that global warming is significantly caused by man.

Not surprisingly, the moonbat leftoids that frequent the payroll at the ABC are besides themselves with angst. It seems a shock to them that anyone would consider even showing both sides of the issue.

You would think that the moonbats, after reading Andrew's article, would admit that the thousands of climate scientists who doubt man-made global warming mean there was no consensus and the question was not settled scientifically. But no! Instead, the 'reality based' community pretend that because many scientific organisations support the hypothesis of man-made global warming, there was a consensus and the question settled.

Here is the rub. When the man-made global warming alarmists get three times as many signatures from climate scientists than Andrew has listed, perhaps then we can think the debate is over. Until then, claiming the debate is over just shows them to be dishonest and gives us even more reason to doubt their claims.

The list Andrew has compiled is below for those who are interested....

1. Scientists who doubt there’s a scientific “consensus” that we face dangerous man-made global warming.

Prof John Christy, IPCC lead author and head of Alabama’s Earth System Science Centre: “I’ve often heard it said that there is a consensus of thousands of scientists (who say) humans are causing a catastrophic change to the climate system. Well, I am one scientist, and there are many, that simply think that is not true.”

Prof Charles Wax, Mississippi state climatologist: “There isn’t a consensus among scientists.”

Dr Roy Spencer, formerly NASA’s senior climate scientist: “The only consensus I’m aware of is that it’s warmed in the last century.”

Prof emeritus Joel Kauffman, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia: “(M)any professors of climate science realise that carbon dioxide generated by human activity has caused little or no global warming.”

2. IPCC scientists who doubt even the IPCC, said to represent 2500 scientists who all believe in dangerous man-made warming.

Prof Yuri Izrael, IPCC vice-chairman: “There is no serious threat to the climate.”

Richard Lindzen, former IPCC lead author and meteorology professor at MIT: “There is no substantive basis for predictions of sizeable global warming due to observed increases in minor greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide, methane, and chlorofluorocarbons.”

Dr Vincent Gray, IPCC reviewer: “The continued fairly unchanging warm weather since 1998 shows no signs of increasing, and is probably influenced by changes in the sun.”

Dr Christopher Landsea, former IPCC author and hurricane expert: “It is beyond me why my (IPCC) colleagues would utilise the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming . . . I personally cannot in good faith continue to contribute to a process that I view as both being motivated by pre-conceived agendas and being scientifically unsound.”

3. Petitions of scientists who doubt the faith.

A 2006 letter to Canada’s Prime Minister signed by 60 experts in climate-related fields: “ ‘Climate change is real’ is a meaningless phrase used repeatedly by activists to convince the public that a climate catastrophe is looming and humanity is the cause. Neither of these fears is justified.”

The Oregon Petition of Dr Frederick Seitz, US National Academy of Sciences past president, with the verified signatures of 17,800 scientists and technicians, including 2600 climate scientists: “There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere.”

The 2005 Leipzig Petition of Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental science at Virginia University, and signed by about 80 prominent scientists and academics: “(W)e cannot subscribe to the politically inspired world view that envisages climate catastrophes and calls for hasty actions.”

4. Experts who once believed but now doubt.

Prof Nir Shaviv, Hebrew University astrophysicist: “Solar activity can explain a large part of the 20th-century global warming.”

Dr David Bellamy, famed green activist: “Global warming is largely a natural phenomenon.”

Dr Reid Bryson, top climatologist and founding chairman of Wisconsin University’s meteorology department: Temperatures are rising “because we’re coming out of the little ice age, not because we’re putting more carbon dioxide into the air”.

Prof Tim Patterson, Carleton University paleo-climatologist: “The temperatures match very closely with the solar cycles.”

Prof Emeritus Jan Veizer, Ottawa University environmental geochemist: “The past record strongly favours the solar/cosmic alternative (to human gases) as the principal climate driver.”

5. Local doubters.

Bob Carter, research professor at James Cook University: “That 20th century warming - the most recent of many previous warm phases of similar or greater magnitude - was dangerous or human-caused, or even that the warming has continued after 1998, all yet remain to be demonstrated.”

William Kininmonth, former National Climate Centre head: “(A)larmist predictions have no sound basis.”

Dr David Evans, former plant modeller and climate accountant at the Australian Greenhouse Office: “(N)ew evidence has weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause. I am now sceptical.”

Ian Plimer, professor of mining geology at Adelaide University: Blaming humans is “pseudo-science”.

6. Interesting doubters.
Prof Antonio Zichichi, World Federation of Scientists president: Plausible “man is not to blame”.

Prof Edward Wegman, who led an inquiry for a US Congressional committee to check IPCC statistics: “The assessments that the decade of the 1990s was the hottest decade in a millennium and that 1998 was the hottest year in a millennium cannot be supported.”

The late Roger Revelle, the professor Al Gore says first warned him of warming: The science is “too uncertain to justify drastic action”.

Habibullo Abdussamatov, head of Russia’s Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory: “Solar irradiance began to drop in the 1990s, and a minimum will be reached by approximately 2040. It will cause a steep cooling of the climate on earth in 15 to 20 years.”

There’s dozens more, but I’ve run out of space. Now count: How many has the ABC let speak? Why so few?


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