Monday, January 22, 2007

Oversold Global Warming?

So, there is some room to to be skeptical about man made global warming when scientists fear they have oversold the theory.
Climate scientists might be expected to bask in the spotlight after their decades of toil. The general public now cares about greenhouse gases, and with a new Democratic-led Congress, federal action on climate change may be at hand.

Problem is, global warming may not have caused Hurricane Katrina, and last summer's heat waves were equaled and, in many cases, surpassed by heat in the 1930s.

In their efforts to capture the public's attention, then, have climate scientists oversold global warming? It's probably not a majority view, but a few climate scientists are beginning to question whether some dire predictions push the science too far.

"Some of us are wondering if we have created a monster," says Kevin Vranes, a climate scientist at the University of Colorado.
Better be careful Eric Berger. For writing a story like this, you might get your journalistic license taken away. There can be no dissent on the topic. Do not question. Do not doubt. Vranes, Lindzen and Pielke - you better shut up and go along if you know what is good for you.

That is the saddest part of this whole situation. When scientists present certainty in theories that are anything but certain and those that question the conclusions and methodology are basically drummed out of the profession, that is not science. We have a right to question and dissent without being compared to holocaust or evolution deniers. That is the way of science.


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