Found on the Drudge report today:
“Climate scientists feeling the heat”
Scientists who think they oversold the threat of global warming are spealing out– It appears that actual scientific thinking is coming back to the scientific community and that concensus is not enough to make something a fact. When the president of the National Academy of Sciences says that they know more about the mechanisms of CO2 than lung cancer and that “global warming is the most carefuly and fully studied topic in human history”, it shows an obvious bias which naturally skews the interpretations of the results– the exact thing that scientists are required to prove before their results are accepted by the rest of the community. It reminds me of the time when it was common knowledge that the sun revolved around the earth and Galileo was convicted by the Inquisition of heresy. They forced him to recant (publicly withdraw) his support of Nicholaus Copernicus’ heliocentric theory and sentenced him to life in prison. Now Heidi Cullen, the Weather Channels’ leading climatologist, wants the American Meteorological Society (AMS) to revoke the “Seal of Approval” for any television weatherman who expresses skepticism that human activity is creating a climate catastrophe. When something cannot be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is not a fact– it is a theory. Not enough to base credentials on, I think, and not enough to force people to your point of view by threatening them.
I do agree that humans are making a contribution to the causes of global warming– that is a fact. The statement that humans are the major cause of global warming– that is false. Natural causes fo greenhouse gases make our releases pale in comparison (i.e. volcanic eruptions). The Kyoto Treaty is a joke– unless all countries cut back their emissions drastically, there will not be a earth saving change made to the human contribution side and selling “credits” is not reducing! Its brokering.
This country needs to make billions of dollars of infrastructural changes in order to support a low-oil consuming economy. It will be a weaning period in which the country will have to endure economic hardship through the transition. Other emerging countries, such as China, have the ability to do this cheaper and more efficiently because their infrastructure is in the early stages of development. They are the ones who should take the lead on this. They will have the biggest effect on reducing greenhouse gases in the near future. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t take steps to do it, I just think that people who believe we should take the lead on this don’t care about the ramifications and how that will affect this country.