Friday, September 16, 2011

Scientists Against Global Warmism

It is only the beginning.  The media seems to be afraid of Rick Perry. It is launching an all-out attack on a man who would seriously threaten its worldview. To be succinct, Perry threatens the mainstream media’s most cherished beliefs, its secular religion.

It’s not Rick Perry’s religion that the intelligentsia finds questionable. They are most afraid that their own secular religion will be repudiated by America.  If so, their pretense to intellectual superiority will vanish.

Mitt Romney does not threaten them at all. The former Massachusetts governor is happy to embrace the trendiest beliefs that float through the culture.

One major tenet in this secular religion is the dogma of global climate change. At the MSNBC Republican candidate debate a couple of weeks ago questioner John Harris asked Perry if he could name a scientist who disagreed with the “settled science” of global warming.

Perry did not take the bait. He did not give a direct answer to a question that should be reserved for high school, but there are certainly many important scientists who believe that the hysteria about global warming has nothing to do with science.

A year ago I reported on the views of Hal Lewis, emeritus physics professor from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Link here. Lewis resigned from the American Physical Society (APS) over its insistence that global warmism was settled science.

More recently, emeritus professor Ivar Giaever, a Nobel Laureate in Physics resigned from the same APS over the same issue. By the way, Prof. Giaever supported Barack Obama.

In his email Giaever wrote: “In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible? The claim (how can you measure the average temperature of the whole earth for a whole year?) is that the temperature has changed from ~288.0 to ~288.8 degree Kelvin [58.7 to 60.2 degrees Fahrenheit] in about 150 years, which (if true) means to me is that the temperature has been amazingly stable, and both human health and happiness have definitely improved in this 'warming' period.”

The Daily Caller also reported the following: “Giaever has been a skeptic of man-made global warming for many years. In 2008 he told the 58th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates that ‘“global warming has become a new religion. You are not supposed to be against global warming.’ In that speech, Giaever compared modern claims about global warming to those initially made about the ozone hole and acid rain — claims whose proponents later abandoned them.”

Prof. Giaever’s email was reprinted on a site called Climate Depot. It provides more detailed information about scientists who have refused to accept the dogma of global warming.

At the very least there is considerable dissent about global warming within the scientific community. I hope that this will cure people of the tendency to take as scientific fact the blather that issues from Al Gore and Tom Friedman.


Malcolm said...

Here is a good video regarding "AGW" if you are interested.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

Thanks, Malcolm, for a great link.