The 16 scientists who signed the Wall Street Journal editorial are a minority, but they're not outliers. They're not "flat earthers." They're not "scared of science." They are, quite simply, distinguished scientists with a dissenting opinion.
And their opinion deserves our respect.
Following are the scientists and engineers who signed the WSJ editorial.
Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris
J. Scott Armstrong, co-founder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting
Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University
Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society
Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences
William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton University
Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge
William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meterology
Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT
James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Tech University
Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences
Burt Rutan, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne
Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former US Senator
Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service
Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva
UBM is actually worse than USA Today and other publications mentioned in the link I just posted in another comment (here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2013/10/16/usa_today_oped_giving_air_time_to_deniers.html). Those publications, as Fox News has even done, at least have posted views on "both sides," even if one side is dangersously false. I've never seen a post on UBM that points out, for example, that 255 even more distinguished scientists, actual climate scientists!, responded to this infamous letter published in the Wall Street Journal, but the WSJ wouldn't publish that response. UBM is in company with the denialist WSJ in this regard.
The most amazing and telling evidence of the bias of the Wall Street Journal with respect to manmade climate change is the fact that 255 members of the United States National Academy of Sciences wrote a scientifically accurate essay on the realities of climate change and on the need for improved and serious public debate around the issue, offered it to the Wall Street Journal, and were turned down. The National Academy of Sciences is the nation's pre-eminent independent scientific organizations. Its members are among the most respected in the world in their fields. Yet the Journal wouldn't publish this letter. Instead they chose to publish an error-filled and misleading piece on climate because 16 so-called experts aligned with their bias signed it. This may be good politics for them, but it is bad science and it is bad for the nation.
Haven't there been enough fact-based articles in DN over the last few years to allow UBM to permanently retire this dangerously ignorant piece from inclusion in the DN Daily that keeps being sent out in email, as it was again today? I know controversy is good for web traffic, but it seems like UBM would ultimately care about its credibility eroding every time this piece gets seen.
I've never understood why so many people have a need to believe in pending disaster, but the symptoms are unmistakable. Maybe it's guilt over how much better off we are than even 100 years ago, let alone 200. But the fuss over man-made global warming will not go away, until the disaster freaks find something new to panic about.
The real unfortunate part of this "debate", is that POLITICS and ECONOMICS have for the most part overshadowed the actual science. It has skewed the data analyses to, in many cases, seek a pre-determined or desired outcome; it has provided economic incentives (and disincentives) based on a desired outcome or answer. When these things happen, resources are squandered or misdirected and ultimately detract from the true advancement of the state of knowledge. In addition, it casts the dark shadow of doubt over all legitimate research efforts as to the honesty and integrity of the reported results. Worst of all, I have clearly seen a "runaway train" effect where this questionable conclusion of man-caused global warming has fostered trends in targeted research and adaptation planning that seem way out of proportion.
We have heard or read the stories of episodes of data mining and selective application of data and ignoring of contrary data (e.g. the U of East Anglia email disclosures); the climate models have not even been able to successfully validate against known data. The ice core data (as referenced by GregV) does show variations in global temperature that are clearly cyclic. I also recall that there is historical data suggesting that temperature rise was FOLLOWED by a rise in CO2 levels, not the other way around, as is the established claim.
I think in the end, we will see a measure of reality emerge, based on the eventual accumulation of enough evidence and data that simply CANNOT be ignored. It will take time and much effort to get control of the runaway train, but with the National Academies appearing to recognize that their overall reputation and integrity must rise above political correctness, there is real hope. One can ONLY hope.
There are ice bores that have been studied and show the variation in the earth's temperature over the last 800,000 years. They indicate an approximate 120,000 year cycle of heating and cooling of the earth. It appears we are in a a part of the cycle where the earth is heating up, so it all may be just a natural cycle that the earth goes through. Here is a link to a graph that demonstrates this:
"The idea that human wickedness has some sort of effect on climate has long been a staple of some religious thought and it is yet another way in which modern environmentalism is actually similar to a religion. Both Al Gore and your garden-variety End Times lunatic believe that humans are being punished for their sins with more extreme weather events like hurricanes and tornadoes. It is sad reflection on modern society that the former is on his way to becoming a billionaire while only the latter is dismissed as a crank."
I came across this quote some time ago and, unfortunately, do no know who to attribute it to. If anyone knows the source, please let me know.
It seems to me that journalist are rather careless when refering to natural laws. Shouild they relly be lumping th First Law of Thermodynamics the Second Law, Ohm's Law, Newton's laws, Bernoulli's equation, sometimes even "Moore's law" together? Don't they range from interesting temporary observation to observations with no common known deviations? Perhaps none with the standing of say QED.
California’s plan to mandate an electric vehicle market isn’t the first such undertaking and certainly won’t be the last. But as the Golden State ratchets up for its next big step toward zero-emission vehicle status in 2018, it might be wise to consider a bit of history.
By now, most followers of the electric car market know that another Tesla Model S caught fire in early February. The blaze happened in a homeowner’s garage in Toronto. After parking the car, the owner left his garage. Moments later, the smoke detector blared, the fire department was called, and the car was ruined. To date, no one knows why.