Climate change deniers – Grrr

– For whatever reasons, there are folks around who spend all their time trying to convince the rest of us that Global Climate Change is not happening or, if it is, that it is not humanity’s fault.

– And all of this in spite of strong and unequivocal assertions by the f0lks best positioned to know what’s going on. I.e., the professional global scientific community of climate scientists who are telling us IT IS REAL AND WE ARE CAUSING IT.

– The climate denialists are forever putting up straw men arguments and bogus alternatives (cosmic rays, anyone?) and as soon as their argument of the day is demolished, they move on to their next amazing claim. Interestingly, once you go digging, you find many of them have financial links back to big oil and coal.

– Recently, these folks put out a paper advertising itself as a list of 500 scientists who disagree with the Global Climate Change hypothesis.

It didn’t take long before many of the scientists on the list began to complain mightily about being on this bogus list.

– Just another day in the life of the smoke and mirrors climate denialists.

– A few quotes:

* “I am horrified to find my name on such a list. I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite.” – Dr David Sugden, Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh
* “I have no doubts … the recent changes in global climate are man-induced. I insist that you immediately remove my name from this list since I did not give you permission to put it there.” – Dr Gregory Cutter, Professor, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University.
* “Please remove my name. What you have done is totally unethical!!” – Dr Svante Bjorck, Geo Biosphere Science Centre, Lund University.

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Fury over ‘unethical’ warming website

New Zealand climate scientists are upset their names have been used by an American organisation wanting to challenge the increasingly accepted view that climate change is human induced.

Among the five scientists is Niwa principal scientist Dr Jim Salinger, who said he was annoyed the Heartland Institute was trying to use his research to prove a theory he did not personally support.

The institute describes itself as a non-profit research and education organisation not affiliated with any political party, business or foundation.

Dr Salinger said he was never contacted about his work which was being mis-used to undermine support for the idea that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, largely fossil fuel burning, was warming the globe.

“I object to the implication that my research supports their position … they didn’t check with me.”

He said that he and the other New Zealand scientists all felt their work had been misinterpreted.

“We say global warming is real.”

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