Global warming tide shifting, according an article in the Wall Street Journal, 26 June 2009. It seems the consensus that the world is overheating due to man-made carbon emissions is losing ground all over the world. The Wall Street Journal article mentions Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus, the Polish Academy of Sciences, a list of over 700 scientists collected by US Senator Jim Inhofe, and Joanne Simpson, the world’s first woman to receive a Ph.D. in meteorology, now retired and relieved to be able to express her non-belief in man-made warming. It also reports: “Dr. Kiminori Itoh, a Japanese environmental physical chemist who contributed to a U.N. climate report, dubs man-made warming ‘the worst scientific scandal in history.” Norway’s Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner for physics, decries it as the “new religion.”

A group of 54 noted physicists, led by Princeton’s Will Happer, is demanding the American Physical Society revise its position that the science is settled. Both Nature and Science magazines have refused to run the physicists’ open letter. The article gives “credit for Australia’s own era of renewed enlightenment” to geologist Professor Ian Plimer who has written a book described by Paul Sheehan, a noted Australian columnist and global warming believer as “an evidence-based attack on conformity and orthodoxy, including my own, and a reminder to respect informed dissent and beware of ideology subverting evidence.” Also leading the climate challenge in Australia is Senator Steve Fielding who has challenged both the Australian government and the Obama administration to justify the science of global warming, and therefore justify the need for costly carbon emissions trading schemes in both countries. Neither administrations have been forthcoming, probably because “the inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of CO2.”

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Editorial Comment: The fact that opinions of scientists are being reported in the Wall St Journal, while Nature and Science refuse to publish them reminds us that the climate change debate is not about science. It is about power and money, so it no surprise there is increasing scepticism about man-made global warming. (Ref. politics, controversies, world views)

Evidence News, 19 Nov 2009