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
Thank you for recognizing the point of the article, Thinking_J. I do believe that you're the only one who has made that observation.
Eureka! The actual point of the article was really only about how we should all get along, no matter how outspoken and dangerously wrong many non-climate scientists and engineers are. How should we react to dangerously wrong news media that keep promoting the same unscientific propaganda over and over?
danharres, can you clarify which side of this issue you are ascribing to the side of science and which to the side of anti-science zealotry? And what do you regard as constituting the "official doctrine" on this issue?
This reminds me of a zombie. It is dead, killed again and again, yet it keeps coming back to life. Is DN that much in need of resurecting such an old argument, without even bothering to refresh the paper? Just let the poor thing die why don't you?
And should anyone be bored enough to read this, we should recall that Gore is an interested novice in the GW. Not a trusted researcher.
Why don't we insist that this get no more play untill the seminal paper is itself re-upped with a more current set of prejudices and silly arguments to refute.
There you go again destroying any remaining shred of journalistic credibility of Charles Murray, DesignNews, and UBM. I'm going to keep flagging this every time it's spammed anew into my email box as this old discredited piece was again today.
Emotional responses, like those in these blog comments as well as from eminent experts like Al Gore, are nothing new. In Galileo's time, the science was "settled" regarding the "fact" that the sun revolved around the Earth. Based on improperly translated Bible passages, the Church was certain that this had to be the case.
Since virtually all universities at the time were funded by the Church, the scientists of the day, most of whom were university professors, knew that they needed to advocate for the official Church version of planetary movement to maintain their lucrative teaching positions.
Poor Galileo and a few other skeptics chose to report what they felt was the truth - the sun didn't actually revolve around the Earth and, in fact, the opposite appeared to be the case. For this Galileo was sentenced to life in prison, which was subsequently reduced to house arrest for the remainder of his life.
Fortunately, we have evolved to the point where such drastic responses are no longer the case. Today, the worst that skeptics of official doctrine have to endure is simply mocking and emotional responses.
Irishmuse, thanks for such an imfomed and rational evaluation, and thanks for repeating my thoughts so very well.
Emotional reations based on uneducated evaluation of uncertain data is often prone to not winding up being the best choice.
And I would add to your statements the fact that for many years prior, some of the loudest voices claiming that something must be done were the same folks screaming about how guilty we were for having a standard of living so much better than some other parts of the world. So one other thing is to consider carefully the source of all this noise and panic.
Yes, that is a record for us, GTOlover. It's especially interesting when you consider that the story was written 18 months ago today, and comments are still appearing. When it comes to global warming, there's no shortage of emotion.
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