By Richard Larsen
Published – Idaho State Journal, 12/29/2008
Last week the United Nations concluded its surprisingly divided global warming conference in Poland. Far from a consensus on anthropogenic global warming (AGW), dissidents far outnumbered those beating the drum for curbing carbon emissions. Last years’ conference included over 400 preeminent scientists who objected to the “consensus,” and this years’ conference included a growing list of over 650. In spite of objections to the methodology, data, and conclusions of the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the committee had the audacity to declare that the “evidence is unequivocal that humans are causing global warming.”
In stereotypically demeaning fashion, those who express their skepticism of AGW are referred to as “flat-earthers” in an attempt to intimidate them and cause them to equivocate. Yet the list of notable scientists who question the conclusions of the IPCC is not easily dismissed with that pejorative moniker. Since it is incredibly unlikely that mainstream media will promulgate any opposition research or statements, and in light of the fact that the earth has been cooling for the past decade while CO2 emissions have continued to increase, a review of some of their comments is certainly warranted.
“It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that makes it seem there is only a fringe of scientists who don’t buy into anthropogenic global warming.” - U.S Government Atmospheric Scientist Stanley B. Goldenberg of the Hurricane Research Division of NOAA.
“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” - Nobel PrizeWinner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.
“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical.” - Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, PhD in meteorology and former of NASA scientist who has authored morethan 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists ofthe last 100 years.”
“Warming fears are among the worst scientific scandals in history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” - UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winningPhD environmental physical chemist.
“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds” - Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University.
“The models and forecasts of the UN IPCC are incorrect because they only are based on mathematical models and presented results at scenarios that do not include, for example, solar activity.” - Victor Manuel Velasco Herrera, aresearcher at the Institute of Geophysics of the National AutonomousUniversity of Mexico
“Even doubling or tripling the amount of carbon dioxide will have virtually no impact, as water vapor and water condensed on particles as clouds dominate the worldwide scene and always will.” – . Geoffrey G. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering of the University of Auckland, NZ.
“After reading [UN IPCC chairman] Pachauri's asinine comment [comparing skeptics to] Flat Earthers, it's hard to remain quiet.” – Climate statistician Dr. William M. Briggs, who specializes in the statistics of forecast evaluation, serves on the American Meteorological Society's Probability and Statistics Committee and is an Associate Editor of Monthly Weather Review.
“For how many years must the planet cool before we begin to understand that the planet is not warming? For how many years must cooling go on?" -Geologist Dr. David Gee the chairman of the science committee of the 2008International Geological Congress who has authored over 130 peer reviewedpapers, and is currently at Uppsala University in Sweden.
“Gore [former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore] prompted me to start delving into the science again and I quickly found myself solidly in the skeptic camp…Climate models can at best be useful for explaining climate changes after the fact.” - Meteorologist HajoSmit of Holland, who reversed his belief in man-made warming to become askeptic, is a former member of the Dutch UN IPCC committee.
“Many scientists are now searching for a way to back out quietly (from promoting warming fears), without having their professional careers ruined.” - Atmospheric physicist James A. Peden, formerly of the SpaceResearch and Coordination Center in Pittsburgh.
“Creating an ideology pegged to carbon dioxide is dangerous nonsense…The present alarm on climate change is an instrument of social control, a pretext for major businesses and political battle. It became an ideology, which is concerning.” - Environmental Scientist Professor DelgadoDomingos of Portugal, the founder of the Numerical Weather Forecast group,has more than 150 published articles.
“CO2 emissions make absolutely no difference one way or another….Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so…Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” - Dr. Takeda Kunihiko, vice-chancellor of the Institute ofScience and Technology Research at Chubu University in Japan.
“The [global warming] scaremongering has its justification in the fact that it is something that generates funds.” - Award-winning Paleontologist Dr.Eduardo Tonni, of the Committee for Scientific Research in Buenos Aires andhead of the Paleontology Department at the University of La Plata.
If these notable scientists, and 650 others, question the “consensus” of AGW, we all should. The dubiety of the IPCC conclusions should make all of us suspicious of their motives, and the motives of all who want us to believe that the issue is closed and beyond debate.