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|About six weeks ago I wrote about John R. Christy, Heretic. Dr. Christy is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. On November 4th Dr. Christy wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal decrying the hysteria over the Church of Global Warming, and showing due scientific humility in the face of the overwhelming complexities of the earth's climate.|
Well, now, it would seem Dr. Christy has a few fellow-heretics.
99 of them, to be precise.
99 of them, ALL of them actual scientists, not actors or once-next-Presidents.
The 99 made their opinion known in The National Post.
[hat tips: Powerline and Special Report]
Here are the highlights:
It is not possible to stop climate change, a natural phenomenon that has affected humanity through the ages. Geological, archaeological, oral and written histories all attest to the dramatic challenges posed to past societies from unanticipated changes in temperature, precipitation, winds and other climatic variables. . . .
The IPCC Summaries for Policy Makers are the most widely read IPCC reports amongst politicians and non-scientists and are the basis for most climate change policy formulation. Yet these Summaries are prepared by a relatively small core writing team with the final drafts approved line-by-line by government representatives. The great majority of IPCC contributors and reviewers, and the tens of thousands of other scientists who are qualified to comment on these matters, are not involved in the preparation of these documents. [emphasis mine] . . . .
The average rate of warming of 0.1 to 0. 2 degrees Celsius per decade recorded by satellites during the late 20th century falls within known natural rates of warming and cooling over the last 10,000 years. . . .
Leading scientists, including some senior IPCC representatives, acknowledge that today's computer models cannot predict climate. Consistent with this, and despite computer projections of temperature rises, there has been no net global warming since 1998. . . .
Attempts to prevent global climate change from occurring are ultimately futile, and constitute a tragic misallocation of resources that would be better spent on humanity's real and pressing problems.
It's ridiculous that none of the Republican candidates are willing or, perhaps, able to speak out about this. Maybe, just maybe, they're afraid to swim against the tide of the Church of Global Warming.
Except, it would seem, for Fred Thompson.
Unfortunately for Fred, his style precludes him making the most effective case that can be made for this. The case needs to be made in cold, stark and scientific tems. It needs to be argued clearly and intelligently, and presented in a logical, fact-filled fashion.
Is it just me, or is this a job for either Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani? Mitt, because he's most capable of the cold, logical presentation; Rudy, because he's a former prosecutor who knows how to build an argument.
Somebody needs to have the courage to do this. The first one to pull it off gets my first donation of the cycle.