Yea, I’ve been holding back on posting about it here - but I’ve got a fun ‘debate’ going on at the “Skeptics"forum
and I’m putting together a review of the 16 signees to add to a post at my own little ‘ol blog
One of the signees and self proclaimed experts
Dr. William Happer of Princeton University testified before Congress that 80 million years ago the Earth was a very prosperous place so hey we got nothing to worry about.
Dr. Allegre has a problem disassociating lab for physical reality as highlighted by his 1999 misunderstanding regarding how gravity behaves on an object in the real world.
Roger Cohen is the retired Exxon Engineer and Lord Monckton defender who’s local lectures inspired my ‘activism’ years ago. We were going at it rather lively for a few years, unfortunately I was never able to crack his ideology.
Lindzen is a real climate scientist, but as anyone familiar with him knows he’s sold his $oul to ideology long ago and preaches right-wing economic politics rather than science in his talks.
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Economist William Nordhaus was lied about in the letter. Telling Andrew Revkin in an email exchange:
“The piece completely misrepresented my work. My work has long taken the view that policies to slow global warming would have net economic benefits, in the trillion of dollars of present value. This is true going back to work in the early 1990s (MIT Press, Yale Press, Science, PNAS, among others). I have advocated a carbon tax for many years as the best way to attack the issue. I can only assume they either completely ignorant of the economics on the issue or are willfully misstating my findings.”
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The letter preaches about the money scientists earn, but fails to mention that seven of their sixteen receive funding from fossil fuel industry sources.
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Although the WST appears to be feeling the heat and published the following letter:
Check With Climate Scientists for Views on Climate ~ FEBRUARY 1, 2012
Signed by 38 scientists (climatologists, oceanographers, earth scientists)
And I may as well add links to what some of the big boys have to say:
The Journal Hires Dentists To Do Heart Surgery ~ January 30, 2012
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In Which Climate “Skeptics” Drop the Lysenko Bomb. No, I’m Not Kidding….
Chris Mooney ~ January 30, 2012
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Remarkable Editorial Bias on Climate Science at the Wall Street Journal
Peter Gleick, ~ 1/27/2012
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Panic Attack: Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal Finds 16 Scientists to Push Pollutocrat Agenda With Long-Debunked Climate Lies
By Joe Romm ~ Jan 29, 2012
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The Latest Denialist Plea for Climate Change Inaction
SkepticalScience.com ~dana1981 ~ 31 January 31, 2012
The op-ed begins with the wholly unsupported assertion that:
“...a large and growing number of distinguished scientists and engineers do not agree that drastic actions on global warming are needed.”
The fact that only 16 scientists and engineers signed this letter casts serious doubt on this assertion. The fake skeptics were able to get ~100 signatories on a similar letter 5 years ago - this seems more like a small and dwindling number of fake skeptics. It’s also worth noting that 255 National Academy of Science members (truly prominent scientists) signed an opposite letter, urging action to address climate change.