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Friday, December 12, 2008

650 "Scientists" ignore "settled science"

Hat tip to Fred.

UN Blowback: More Than 650 International Scientists Dissent Over Man-Made Global Warming Claims

Over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernemntal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore.
A couple of quotes:

“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical.” - Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology and formerly of NASA who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years.”
She can speak "frankly" because she's no longer "receiving any funding." Welcome to the team, Joanne, but what the hell? Hello? Scientific integrity?

Looks like we need some Science Finance Reform around here.

“Many [scientists] are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” - Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the Space Research and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.
Tell you what, any scientist who comes out and honestly says "I was wrong," or "the evidence kinda looks like maybe I was a little bit off" or "I may have been a little irrationally exuberant about that" or simply "well, crap" deserves more respect for having the courage to admit that they were wrong, or that they were more certain than they should have been.

So let's all remember to be nice to those scientists who do so.