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CFI to release findings of new “Credibility Project” critical of climate-change skeptics

July 14, 2009

GOP Report Not Credible, says Center for Inquiry:
Reveals that 80 percent of ‘dissenting scientists’
haven’t published peer-reviewed climate research

National Press Club, Murrow Room 9:30 a.m. Friday, July 17, 2009   

WHO:     Center for Inquiry–Office of Public Policy

WHAT:     News Conference to announce the findings of the Credibility Project, a critical investigation of the Senate Minority Report on Global Warming, conducted by the Center for Inquiry’s Office of Public Policy. An overview of the current state of global climate science will also be presented.

Speakers:

Dr. Paul Kurtz: Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Inquiry and professor emeritus of the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Robert Bindschadler: Sun-Earth Exploration Division, NASA Goddard  Space Flight Center and recognized world authority on the role of  the melting icecaps and prospects for sea-level rise during the 21st century.  Dr. Bindschadler has already conducted a Congressional briefing on the Hill on this subject.

Dr. Stuart Jordan: Senior Staff Scientist (Retired Emeritus) NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Science Policy Advisor, to the CFI Office of Public Policy. Dr. Jordan has served as the Chief of Solar Physics at NASA Headquarters and as Head of the Solar Physics Branch at Goddard.

Mr. Thomas O'Brien: who worked with Dr. Jordan (above) on this project and did the primary research for it. Mr. O'Brien holds a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Michigan and is currently employed by the British firm that publishes The Astrophysical Journal.

Representative Brian Baird (D - WA): Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee. Congressman Baird is playing a leading role in crafting the policies that will help lead America and the world address the 21st century problems of energy and global warming. Congressman Baird is also a leading advocate for science diplomacy, especially as it relates to issues facing the Middle East.  He also serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

WHEN:     Friday, July 17, 2009 at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:     National Press Club, in the Murrow Room, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor - Washington, D.C.

WHY:   The Office of Public Policy, the Washington, D.C. lobbying arm of the Center for Inquiry (CFI), an organization committed to defending scientific integrity, is releasing findings exposing what they say is a lack of credibility on the part of dissenting scientists challenging man-made global warming in the U.S. Senate Minority Report. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla initially released the report through the office of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee where he is the  ranking minority member. In this report almost 700 individuals with implied scientific credentials are offered as evidence that expensive measures to address climate change are premature, and that further research is needed. Sen. Inhofe has used this report to support the claim that there is an ever-increasing international groundswell of scientific opposition to the position of approximately 2,000 scientists whose work is the basis of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Science Report (IPCC) released in 2007. The Center for Inquiry asserts that the Senate Minority report fails to make a credible case that a large number of actual climate scientists take exception to the global near-consensus of the  research community.

The Center for Inquiry’s “Credibility Project” assesses 687 individuals named as “dissenting scientists” in the January 2009 version of the United States Senate Minority Report. This includes an investigation of each individual based upon education, professional identification, current employment, and publication record on climate science and solar physics in the refereed literature.

After painstakingly taking the time to vet the Senate Minority Report, Dr. Stuart Jordan, who supervised the research of the credibility project, says that it is difficult for him and his colleagues at the Center for Inquiry not to conclude that “this is one more effort of a contrarian community to block corrective action to address a major—in this case global—problem fraught with harmful consequences for human welfare and the environment.”   

“It is beyond question that the work of the U.N. scientists has survived the scrutiny of their colleagues, and that they constitute a significant majority of active researches addressing this problem today. This led us to take a careful look at the broad conclusions of the Senate Minority Report,” said Jordan. “Our assessment has found that while there are indeed some well respected scientists on the list, the vast majority are neither climate scientists, nor have they published in fields that bear directly on climate science.”   

The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is a nonprofit, educational, advocacy, and scientific-research think tank based in Amherst, New York. The Center for Inquiry’s research and educational projects focus on three broad areas: religion, ethics, and society; paranormal and fringe-science claims; and sound public policy. The Center’s Web site is www.centerforinquiry.net . CFI’s Office of Public Policy (OPP) is the Washington D.C. political arm of the Center for Inquiry. The OPP’s mandate is to lobby Congress and the Administration on issues related to science and secularism. Their Website can be found at www.centerforinquiry.net/opp

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