2008-05-02

Global Warming Deniers

From the department of yes there is a conspiracy but it is on the other side and here is evidence:
Something phenomenal has happened in the last 24 hours. Our friends over at DeSmogBlog took it upon themselves to see what the scientists who are on the famed list of “500 scientists who don’t believe in global warming” actually think and as it turns out, many of them didn’t know they were on it.

Now, in the past, there’s already been plenty of fun to have with lists of global warming deniers–Sen. James Inhofe took a list of 400 to the Senate floor, not realizing that when he was fact-checked it would come out that he had enlisted 44 TV weathermen. However, this takes the cake. Why? Because the already-incredible result that DeSmogBlog has produced is only 24 hours old.
And here's some quotes from some of these scientists:
I am horrified to find my name on such a list. I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite.” - Dr. David Sugden. Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh

I have NO doubts ..the recent changes in global climate ARE man-induced. I insist that you immediately remove my name from this list since I did not give you permission to put it there.” - Dr. Gregory Cutter, Professor, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University

I don’t believe any of my work can be used to support any of the statements listed in the article.” Dr. Robert Whittaker, Professor of Biogeography, University of Oxford
Global Warming deniers have to come to terms with the fact that lying to people is not going to help their cause one iota.

3 comments:

BLBeamer said...

Lying is bad enough but to falsely represent the works of others whose professional reputations may be affected is contemptible. Good on you and thanks for publicizing this.

You will, of course, be just as publicly outraged if it turns out that any global warming alarmists have also been deceitful?

Dave Lankshear said...

Of course Beamer. Deceit does not help advance scientific credibility. When I discovered Al Gore's "Inconvenient truth" misrepresented the Co2 & ice age links, and presented the material exactly backwards, I researched it further and wrote a long blog and posted it all over my greenie networks. Not only does this prepare my greenie mates for the attack from sceptics, but it also advances the scientific debate and general public awareness.

However, we're up against some cunning foes. EG: Exxon Mobile now spends millions to fund sceptic think tanks in the EU rather than back in the States. This is because "duty of disclosure" legislation back home makes it too obvious what they're up to. Remember, as Exxon say, "Carbon is life".

BLBeamer said...

Hi, Dave. You are, unfortunately, in a minority.

I am still waiting for anything approaching even mild indignation from Neil. I haven't spent a lot of time here lately, but I don't recall Al Gore ever referred to in anything less than respectful terms.