[ExI] Global Warming Skeptics as Interview Subjects?
lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sun Sep 30 16:25:39 UTC 2007
>A friend of mine is a journalist and she's looking for some credible names in
> in Climatology that are skeptics of global warming so she can ask them for
> I've already given her three names:
> Richard Lindzen,
> Hendrik Tennekes, and
> (although not a climatologist) Bjorn Lomborg.
> Can anyone think of any others?
Be sure to see
Global Warming scientist skeptics list is growing...
... to tha absolute chagrin of the kool-aid drinking members of the Church of Chicken Little. Stumbled across this today and
thought it worthy of our attention:
Many former believers in catastrophic man-made global warming have recently reversed themselves and are now climate skeptics. The
names below are just a sampling of the prominent scientists who have spoken out recently to oppose the perceived alarmism of
man-made global warming.
The media's climate fear factor seemingly grows louder even as the latest science grows less and less alarming by the day. It is
also worth noting that the proponents of climate fears are increasingly attempting to suppress dissent by skeptics.
Once Believers, Now Skeptics
Geophysicist Dr. Claude Allegre, a top geophysicist and French Socialist who has authored more than 100 scientific articles and
written 11 books and received numerous scientific awards including the Goldschmidt Medal from the Geochemical Society of the United
States, converted from climate alarmist to skeptic in 2006.
Geologist Bruno Wiskel of the University of Alberta recently reversed his view of man-made climate change and instead became a
global warming skeptic. Wiskel was once such a big believer in man-made global warming that he set out to build a "Kyoto house" in
honor of the UN sanctioned Kyoto Protocol which was signed in 1997.
Astrophysicist Dr. Nir Shaviv, one of Israel's top young award winning scientists, recanted his belief that manmade emissions were
driving climate change. ""Like many others, I was personally sure that CO2 is the bad culprit in the story of global warming. But
after carefully digging into the evidence, I realized that things are far more complicated than the story sold to us by many climate
scientists or the stories regurgitated by the media. In fact, there is much more than meets the eye," Shaviv said in February 2,
2007 Canadian National Post article.
Mathematician & engineer Dr. David Evans, who did carbon accounting for the Australian Government, recently detailed his
conversion to a skeptic. "I devoted six years to carbon accounting, building models for the Australian government to estimate carbon
emissions from land use change and forestry. When I started that job in 1999 the evidence that carbon emissions caused global
warming seemed pretty conclusive, but since then new evidence has weakened the case that carbon emissions are the main cause. I am
now skeptical," Evans wrote in an April 30, 2007 blog. "But after 2000 the evidence for carbon emissions gradually got weaker --
better temperature data for the last century, more detailed ice core data, then laboratory evidence that cosmic rays precipitate low
clouds," Evans wrote. "As Lord Keynes famously said, 'When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?'" he added.
Climate researcher Dr. Tad Murty, former Senior Research Scientist for Fisheries and Oceans in Canada, also reversed himself from
believer in man-made climate change to a skeptic. "I stated with a firm belief about global warming, until I started working on it
myself," Murty explained on August 17, 2006. "I switched to the other side in the early 1990's when Fisheries and Oceans Canada
asked me to prepare a position paper and I started to look into the problem seriously," Murty explained.
Botanist Dr. David Bellamy, a famed UK environmental campaigner, former lecturer at Durham University and host of a popular UK TV
series on wildlife, recently converted into a skeptic after reviewing the science and now calls global warming fears "poppycock."
According to a May 15, 2005 article in the UK Sunday Times, Bellamy said "global warming is largely a natural phenomenon. The world
is wasting stupendous amounts of money on trying to fix something that can't be fixed." "The climate-change people have no proof for
their claims. They have computer models which do not prove anything," Bellamy added.
Climate scientist Dr. Chris de Freitas of The University of Auckland, N.Z., also converted from a believer in man-made global
warming to a skeptic. "At first I accepted that increases in human caused additions of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere
would trigger changes in water vapor etc. and lead to dangerous 'global warming,' But with time and with the results of research, I
formed the view that, although it makes for a good story, it is unlikely that the man-made changes are drivers of significant
climate variation." de Freitas wrote on August 17, 2006.
Meteorologist Dr. Reid Bryson, the founding chairman of the Department of Meteorology at University of Wisconsin (now the
Department of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, was pivotal in promoting the coming ice age scare of the 1970's ( See Time Magazine'
s 1974 article "Another Ice Age" citing Bryson: & see Newsweek's 1975 article "The Cooling World" citing Bryson) has now converted
into a leading global warming skeptic. In February 8, 2007 Bryson dismissed what he terms "sky is falling" man-made global warming
fears. Bryson, was on the United Nations Global 500 Roll of Honor and was identified by the British Institute of Geographers as the
most frequently cited climatologist in the world. "Before there were enough people to make any difference at all, two million years
ago, nobody was changing the climate, yet the climate was changing, okay?" Bryson told the May 2007 issue of Energy Cooperative
News. "All this argument is the temperature going up or not, it's absurd. Of course it's going up. It has gone up since the early
1800s, before the Industrial Revolution, because we're coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because we're putting more carbon
dioxide into the air," Bryson said.
Global warming author and economist Hans H.J. Labohm started out as a man-made global warming believer but he later switched his
view after conducting climate research. Labohm wrote on August 19, 2006, "I started as a anthropogenic global warming believer,
then I read the [UN's IPCC] Summary for Policymakers and the research of prominent skeptics." "After that, I changed my mind,"
Labohn explained. Labohn co-authored the 2004 book "Man-Made Global Warming: Unraveling a Dogma," with chemical engineer Dick
Thoenes who was the former chairman of the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society. Labohm was one of the 60 scientists who wrote an
April 6, 2006 letter urging withdrawal of Kyoto to Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper which stated in part, "'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.
Paleoclimatologist Tim Patterson, of Carlton University in Ottawa converted from believer in C02 driving the climate change to a
skeptic. "I taught my students that CO2 was the prime driver of climate change," Patterson wrote on April 30, 2007. Patterson said
his "conversion" happened following his research on "the nature of paleo-commercial fish populations in the NE Pacific." "[My
conversion from believer to climate skeptic] came about approximately 5-6 years ago when results began to come in from a major NSERC
(Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Strategic Project Grant where I was PI (principle investigator),"
Patterson explained. "Over the course of about a year, I switched allegiances," he wrote.
Physicist Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, chairman of the Central Laboratory for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects
of Radiological Protection in Warsaw, took a scientific journey from a believer of man-made climate change in the form of global
cooling in the 1970's all the way to converting to a skeptic of current predictions of catastrophic man-made global warming. "At the
beginning of the 1970s I believed in man-made climate cooling, and therefore I started a study on the effects of industrial
pollution on the global atmosphere, using glaciers as a history book on this pollution," Dr. Jaworowski, wrote on August 17, 2006.
"With the advent of man-made warming political correctness in the beginning of 1980s, I already had a lot of experience with polar
and high altitude ice, and I have serious problems in accepting the reliability of ice core CO2 studies," Jaworowski added.
Paleoclimatologist Dr. Ian D. Clark, professor of the Department of Earth Sciences at University of Ottawa, reversed his views on
man-made climate change after further examining the evidence. "I used to agree with these dramatic warnings of climate disaster. I
taught my students that most of the increase in temperature of the past century was due to human contribution of C02. The
association seemed so clear and simple. Increases of greenhouse gases were driving us towards a climate catastrophe," Clark said in
a 2005 documentary "Climate Catastrophe Cancelled: What You're Not Being Told About the Science of Climate Change." "However, a few
years ago, I decided to look more closely at the science and it astonished me. In fact there is no evidence of humans being the
cause. There is, however, overwhelming evidence of natural causes such as changes in the output of the sun.
Environmental geochemist Dr. Jan Veizer, professor emeritus of University of Ottawa, converted from believer to skeptic after
conducting scientific studies of climate history. "I simply accepted the (global warming) theory as given," Veizer wrote on April
30, 2007 about predictions that increasing C02 in the atmosphere was leading to a climate catastrophe. "The final conversion came
when I realized that the solar/cosmic ray connection gave far more consistent picture with climate, over many time scales, than did
the CO2 scenario," Veizer wrote.
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