Friday, March 28, 2008

Global warming juxtaposition

Yesterday, Sterling Burnett, over at Planet Gore, reviewed a new book from Canadian journalist Lawrence Solomon about the climate scientists who don't subscribe to the current political orthodoxy on anthropogenic global warming.
As a jacket blurb puts it, “What he found shocked him. Solomon discovered that on every “headline” global warming issue, not only were there serious scientists who dissented, consistently the dissenters were by far the more accomplished and eminent scientists.”
The Deniers is among the most effective in showing how science is being fundamentally undermined in the current politicized atmosphere of climate research. In addition, like no other book or paper I know, it provides a concise but thorough overview of the myriad weaknesses of the consensus view, the quality and substance of the criticisms of that view, and the stellar qualifications of those scientists labeled derisively as “deniers.”

In an interesting juxtaposition, also yesterday, the news came out that former United States Vice President Al Gore has continued his marginalization campaign by telling 60 Minutes that "those who still doubt that global warming is caused by man...are acting like the fringe groups who think the 1969 moon landing never really happened, or who once believed the world is flat."

In his Oscar-winning propaganda piece, Al Gore dismisses any scientist who has ever taken any money from an energy company with the old Upton Sinclair line, "it is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it." It is incredibly ironic that man who has made, and is continuing to build, a fortune entirely upon political demagoguery on a debatable scientific issue would choose to bring that up. After all, who profits more from marginalizing real scientists who disagree with him than Al Gore? Whose salary was ever more "dependent on not understanding it" than Al Gore?

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