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Not Absolute Rubbish
on March 1, 2008
I spent 31 years working with the Meteorological Service of Canada. I am sick to death of people with virtually no knowledge of climatology dismissing the work of distinguished scientists with ad hominem arguments and accusations of denial.
There are hundreds of very distinguished atmospheric scientists who do not subscribe to the view that climate change is anthropogenic and thousands of others working in the field who agree with them. Their work is published in the journal Nature, the Journal of the AMA, the Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society and in a host of other scientific journals and in many books. People like Lindzen, Landsea, Wingham, Kirkby, Dyson, Solanki, Tsonis, Kininmonth, Leroux, Christy, Jaworowski, Carter, Gray, Bryson, Segalstad, Svensmark, Abdussamatov, Ollier, Michaels, Motl, Soon, McKitrick and a host of others have offered very convincing evidence that climate change is something that is driven by natural processes.
Richard Lindzen from MIT is probably the most distinguished climatologist in the world. He is a recipient of the AMS's Meisinger, and Charney Awards, and AGU's Macelwane Medal (likely the only man ever to win all three). He is a member of the NRC Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, and a Fellow of the AAAS1. He is a consultant to the Global Modeling and Simulation Group at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and has been both a lead author and a reviewer for the IPCC. Dr. Lindzen is willing to debate with anyone, anywhere regarding the anthropogenic view. No one has been able to answer his compelling arguments and few are now willing to debate him because the evidence against the view that CO2 is driving climate change has become irrefutable in its magnitude. He has no relationship with the oil industry and sits on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Rights. He is in complete agreement with Dr. Singer.
Dr. Singer is also a distinguished scientist. He is the first Director of the U.S. National Weather Satellite Service, and was for five years the Vice-Chair of the U.S. National Advisory Committee on Oceans and Atmospheres. He is the founding Dean of the School of Environmental and Planetary Sciences at the University of Miami and is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science at the University of Virginia and Distinguished Research Professor at George Mason University. He has published more than 400 technical papers in a wide variety of professional journals.
If there is ignorance in this debate, it lies with those who refuse to answer the scientific case that professional climatologists like Dr. Singer and other atmospheric scientists make against the anthropogenic view. I welcome an honest review of the scientific arguments that Singer offers but please stop the ad hominem slanders.
Two other books written by distinguished scientists offering much sound evidence are:
Climate Change: A Natural Hazard by William Kinninmonth (Multi-Science Publshing ~ Essex). Kinninmonth was Director of the National Climate Centre of Australia and Australia's delegate to the WMO Commission for Climatology. He coordinated the United Nations Task Force on El Nino and has served on WMO expert working groups.
Global Warming: Myth or Reality by Marcel Leroux (Springer-Verlag ~ Berlin). Dr. Leroux is Directeur du Labratoire de Climatologie, Risques Natuels, Environnement at the Universite Jean Moulin in Lyons and is one of Europe's leading climatological researchers.
Why don't we agree to evaluate the scientific arguments on the basis of the science and stop attacking and dismissing people on the basis of their supposed motivations and associations? After all, the truth will be found in the science, not in the motives of proponents whichever side they support.