….. over 17,000 scientists declare that global warming is a lie with no scientific basis whatsoever.
The global warming hypothesis has failed every relevant experimental test. It lives on only in the dreams of anti-technologists and population reduction advocates. The United States is very close to adopting an international agreement that would ration the use of energy and of technologies that depend upon coal, oil, and natural gas and some other organic compounds.
This (Kyoto) treaty is, in our opinion, based upon flawed ideas. Research data on climate change do not show that human use of hydrocarbons is harmful. To the contrary, there is good evidence that increased atmospheric carbon dioxide is environmentally helpful.
If your mind isn’t closed and you’ve got the time, there’s a great 52-minute lecture here that busts the globaloney wide open. The lecturer isn’t Mr. Excitement, but that’s not the point.
Signers of this petition also include 5,017 scientists whose fields of specialization in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and other life sciences ….. make them especially well qualified to evaluate the effects of carbon dioxide upon the Earthâ€™s plant and animal life.
Nearly all of the initial 17,100 scientist signers have technical training suitable for the evaluation of the relevant research data, and many are trained in related fields. In addition to these 17,100, approximately 2,400 individuals have signed the petition who are trained in fields other than science or whose field of specialization was not specified on their returned petition.
Of the 19,700 signatures that the project has received in total so far, 17,800 have been independently verified and the other 1,900 have not yet been independently verified. Of those signers holding the degree of PhD, 95% have now been independently verified.
The costs of this petition project have been paid entirely by private donations. No industrial funding or money from sources within the coal, oil, natural gas or related industries has been utilized. The petition’s organizers, who include some faculty members and staff of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, do not otherwise receive funds from such sources. The Institute itself has no such funding. Also, no funds of tax-exempt organizations have been used for this project.
The signatures and the text of the petition stand alone and speak for themselves. These scientists have signed this specific document. They are not associated with any particular organization. Their signatures represent a strong statement about this important issue by many of the best scientific minds in the United States.
I must officially “call BS” on Comment 2 and the source referred to (though of course not the commenter, who appears to be unfortunately duped, although I must add that I found no evidence of any podiatrists).
UPDATE 3: An unncessary (see comment 2 below) but “what the heck, I’ll do it anyway” challenge has in effect been issued to show climatologists and climate researchers who don’t buy into globaloney. Okey-dokey; in only 10 minutes or so the following names were found:
- David Deming, an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma and an adjunct scholar with the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA).
- Timothy Ball, PhD in Climatology — “Global Warming, as we think we know it, doesn’t exist.”
Thomas Sowell identified a half dozen a few weeks ago without working up much of a sweat:
- Dr. S. Fred Singer, who set up the American weather satellite system, and who published some years ago a book titled “Hot Talk, Cold Science.”
- A professor of meteorology at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen
- A professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, Patrick J. Michaels
- A professor of climatology at the University of Delaware, David R. Legates
- Skeptical experts in other countries around the world include Duncan Wingham, a professor of climate physics at the University College, London, and Nigel Weiss of Cambridge University.
Obviously all lightweights (/sarcasm).
- Dr. Ian Clark, Professor of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa
- Dr. Tim Patterson, Professor of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa
- Dr. Vincent Gray, Expert Reviewer for the IPCC and author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of ‘Climate Change 2001′, Wellington, New Zealand
- Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist and climate researcher, Boston, Massachusetts
- Dr. Fred Michel, Director, Institute of Environmental Science and Associate Professor of Earth Sciences, Carleton University
- Dr. R.M. Carter, Australia, Research Professor at James Cook University (Queensland) and the University of Adelaide (South Australia)
UPDATE 4: A bonus — A Perspective on what 90% Certainty Means in Science
UPDATE 5: Second Bonus (HT The Other Club) — “Fire and Ice — Journalists have warned of climate change for 100 years, but canâ€™t decide weather we face an ice age or warming.” That goes for scientists, too.
Scientific method demands a careful, systematic weighing of all the evidence, for and against. The documentarians have not done this. They have systematically ignored the unfavorable evidence: (1) they ignored those who should not be in the tomb, (2) they did not properly consider those who should be in the tomb; (3) they ignored the strong likelihood that Jesus could not be buried in the tomb. Their method is essentially, “Evidence that favors the theory is included. The rest is excluded.”
This is how a freak accident becomes a sure thing.
Let’s analogize, shall we?
Scientific method demands a careful, systematic weighing of all the evidence, for and against. Globalarmists have not done this. They have systematically ignored the unfavorable evidence (examples abound, including the Medieval Warm Period, the bogusness of the hockey stick, etc., etc. — Ed.). Their method is essentially, “Evidence that favors the theory is included. The rest is excluded.”
Now, back to Jay Cost for a paragraph that fits both scams to a T:
What they offer here is not science, but pseudo-science — polemic dressed in scientific language. Numbers and “tests” are trotted out, but only for the sake of appearance. The hypothesis is never actually in danger because the falsifying evidence is excised before the evaluation begins. In other words, the rules of the game are: heads they win, tails you lose. The game was rigged from the start.
This is how a possibly interesting theory becomes a sure thing.
UPDATE 7, March 5: The Canada Free Press site is being weighed down by a Drudge link that says “Prominent French Scientist Reverses Belief in Global Warming – Now a Skeptic…” UPDATE 7A: Okay now that the link is accessible –
(Dr. Claude Allegre’s) break with what he now sees as environmental cant on climate change came in September, in an article entitled “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” in l’ Express, the French weekly. His article cited evidence that Antarctica is gaining ice and that Kilimanjaro’s retreating snow caps, among other global-warming concerns, come from natural causes. “The cause of this climate change is unknown,” he states matter of factly. There is no basis for saying, as most do, that the “science is settled.”
Dr. Allegre’s skepticism is noteworthy in several respects. For one, he is an exalted member of France’s political establishment, a friend of former Socialist president Lionel Jospin, and, from 1997 to 2000, his minister of education, research and technology, charged with improving the quality of government research through closer co-operation with France’s educational institutions. For another, Dr. Allegre has the highest environmental credentials. The author of early environmental books, he fought successful battles to protect the ozone layer from CFCs and public health from lead pollution. His break with scientific dogma over global warming came at a personal cost: Colleagues in both the governmental and environmental spheres were aghast that he could publicly question the science behind climate change.
But Dr. Allegre had allegiances to more than his socialist and environmental colleagues. He is, above all, a scientist of the first order, the architect of isotope geodynamics, which showed that the atmosphere was primarily formed early in the history of the Earth, and the geochemical modeller of the early solar system. Because of his path-breaking cosmochemical research, NASA asked Dr. Allegre to participate in the Apollo lunar program, where he helped determine the age of the Moon. Matching his scientific accomplishments in the cosmos are his accomplishments at home: Dr. Allegre is perhaps best known for his research on the structural and geochemical evolution of the Earth’s crust and the creation of its mountains, explaining both the title of his article in l’ Express and his revulsion at the nihilistic nature of the climate research debate.
UPDATE 9, March 5: The National Post has a 13-part (at this point) series on “The Deniers,” of which the Allegre piece cited in Update 7A above is the latest.
UPDATE 10, March 6: A number of links that I have received from this Climate Audit post from last year remind me that much of the “science” supposedly backing up global warming has gone through an inadequate “peer review” process that, as noted in late 2005, is grievously deficient in fact-checking and disclosure, and therefore way, way short of being reliable.
UPDATE 11, March 6: There is a timely book, by Christopher C. Horner at the Competitive Enterprise Institute — “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Global Warming and Environmentalism.” The publisher says that “This latest installment in the Politically Incorrect Guide series provides a provocative, entertaining, and well-documented expose of some of the most shamelessly politicized pseudo-science we are likely to see in our relatively cool lifetimes.”
UPDATE 12, March 7: Don Surber (HT Instapundit) detects globaloney affecting routine reports about weather extremes. If it’s very cold, even record-breaking cold, it doesn’t get attention outside the immediate area. If it’s warm, it’s tied to …. you know.
UPDATE 13, March 11: The Empire (Attempts to) Strike Back — by going stone-cold crazy with the predictions from “a draft of an international scientific report obtained by The Associated Press.” I believe the word “draft” will become important. We’ll see.
UPDATE 14, March 11: This was inevitable, given the hysteria — “Scientists threatened for ‘climate denial’.” Wait a minute: Why is this happening if there is “consensus”? Oh, and the only reason that outfits like the IPCC have “consensus” is that they expel those who don’t agree with the “consensus.”
UPDATE 15, March 12: And the “consensus”-busting goes on — this is from Philip Stott, an Emeritus Professor from the University of London, UK, who for the last 18 years was the editor of the Journal of Biogeography. In an opinion piece at ABC News, he makes huge points about concentrating on what’s important — and it’s not globaloney (bolds are mine):
Herein lies the moral danger behind global warming hysteria. Each day, 20,000 people in the world die of waterborne diseases. Half a billion people go hungry. A child is orphaned by AIDS every seven seconds. This does not have to happen. We allow it while fretting about “saving the planet.” What is wrong with us that we downplay this human misery before our eyes and focus on events that will probably not happen even a hundred years hence? We know that the greatest cause of environmental degradation is poverty; on this, we can and must act.
The global warming “crisis” is misguided. In hubristically seeking to “control” climate, we foolishly abandon age-old adaptations to inexorable change. There is no way we can predictably manage this most complex of coupled, nonlinear chaotic systems. The inconvenient truth is that “doing something” (emitting gases) at the margins and “not doing something” (not emitting gases) are equally unpredictable.
Climate change is a norm, not an exception. It is both an opportunity and a challenge. The real crises for 4 billion people in the world remain poverty, dirty water and the lack of a modern energy supply. By contrast, global warming represents an ecochondria of the pampered rich.