Senate Committee Issues Climate-Consensus Busting Report

According to the press release (my emphasis):

Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called “consensus” on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore.

The new report issued by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists, the overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007.

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This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new “consensus busters” report is poised to redefine the debate.

Many of the scientists featured in this report consistently stated that numerous colleagues shared their views, but they will not speak out publicly for fear of retribution. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of almost 70 peer-reviewed studies, explains how many of his fellow scientists have been intimidated.

“Many of my colleagues with whom I spoke share these views and report on their inability to publish their skepticism in the scientific or public media,” Paldor wrote.

Now for the caveats:

* I haven’t read it yet, but you can get it here.

* It does not appear to be much more than a round-up of scientists who are skeptics of AGWTM, and some of their views.

* It’s not a “Senate Report” or even a “Senate Committee Report,” but instead a “Sen. Inhofe Report.”

* The bold claims that this report “debunks the ‘consensus’” are likely not true, or at best open to debate.

* It’s highly likely that most of the scientists in this report believe (a) global warming is real, and (b) that man has something to do with it, but (c) the hype from the IPCC politicos, the Goracle, and the vociferous environmentalists is way over the top.

With those caveats aside, however, I do look forward to digging into the report and seeing if it holds any value. In the very least, it may have the effect of introducing science back into the debate.

I wouldn’t hold your breath though.

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