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May 17, 2007

Profiles in Sanity: Global Warming Apostates

It may take a few years for this development to filter down to the mainstream media, but momentum has been shifting in the climate change debate. Increasingly, scientists who once embraced the idea that humans drive climate change are stepping forward as skeptics.

Claude Allegre, a top geophysicist, member of both the French and U.S. Academy of Sciences, and author of 11 books and over 100 scientific articles, converted from alarmist to skeptic last year. He notes that the "prophets of doom of global warming" are often motivated by money, and that "the ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people!"

Bruno Wiskel, a geologist at the University of Alberta, used to back the Kyoto Protocol. But after examining the science behind it, he changed course and wrote the book The Emperor's New Climate: Debunking the Myth of Global Warming. Wiskel observes that the Earth has been warming for the last 18,000 years, that glaciers come and go constantly, and that global warming has transformed from "a science to a religion." He laments that the money pouring into the global warming hoax ought to be spent on constructive research.

Nir Shaviv, an Israeli astrophysicist, used to believe people were driving climate change:

But after carefully digging into the evidence, I realized that things are far more complicated than the story sold to us by many climate scientists or the stories regurgitated by the media.

He finds that solar activity accounts for global warming, while the contribution of CO2 is insignificant.

David Evans, mathematician and engineer, did "carbon accounting" for the Australian government. He believed in anthropogenic global warming until better data than we had in the 1990s began to refute it. Evans shines a light on the motivations less scrupulous scientists may have for playing along with the theory even now that it has been discredited:

By the late 1990s, lots of jobs depended on the idea that carbon emissions caused global warming. Many of them were bureaucratic, but there were a lot of science jobs created too. I was on that gravy train, making a high wage in a science job that would not have existed if we didn't believe carbon emissions caused global warming. And so were lots of people around me; and there were international conferences full of such people. And we had political support, the ear of government, big budgets, and we felt fairly important and useful (well, I did anyway). It was great.

Those who jump off the gravy train may be in for a hard landing, politically speaking:

At the moment the political climate strongly supports carbon emissions as the cause of global warming, to the point of sometimes rubbishing or silencing critics.

Tad Murty, formerly Canada's Senior Research Scientist for Fisheries and Oceans, believed people caused global warming until he was asked to prepare a position paper on the topic. His research led him to become an apostate back in the early 1990s.

David Bellamy, botanist, environmental campaigner, and wildlife TV host, went from believing in global warming to dismissing the hysteria as "poppycock." Several environmental groups blackballed him when he stopped drinking the Kool-Aid.

Chris de Freitas, climate scientist at the University of Auckland, believed that human-generated CO2 and methane could trigger changes in water vapor and lead to global warming:

But with time and with the results of research, I formed the view that, although it makes for a good story, it is unlikely that the man-made changes are drivers of significant climate variation.

Reid Bryson, founding chairman of what was then the Department of Meteorology at the University of Wisconsin, helped promote the global cooling scare hyped by Time and Newsweek back in the 1970s. Older and wiser, he is now on the side of the skeptics. The British Institute of Geographers identifies Bryson as the most frequently cited climatologist in the world. Let's cite him once again:

All this argument is the temperature going up or not, it's absurd. Of course it's going up. It has gone up since the early 1800s, before the Industrial Revolution, because we're coming out of the Little Ice Age, not because we're putting more carbon dioxide into the air. […] You can go outside and spit and have the same effect as doubling carbon dioxide. […] However, it has now become a media free-for-all and a political issue more than a scientific problem.

Hans H.J. Labohm, economist and global warming author, also had to change his mind after doing some research:

"Climate change is real" is a meaningless phrase used repeatedly by activists to convince the public that a climate catastrophe is looming and humanity is the cause. Neither of these fears is justified. Global climate changes all the time due to natural causes and the human impact still remains impossible to distinguish from this natural "noise."

Tim Patterson, paleoclimatologist at Carlton University, used to teach his students that CO2 was the prime driver of climate change. But then paleoclimatic and paleoproductivity records corresponding to sun-spot cycles convinced him that big bright thing in the daytime sky controls the temperature, not our SUVs. He testifies that his conversion

probably cost me a lot of grant money. However, as a scientist I go where the science takes me and not were activists want me to go.

Zbigniew Jaworowski, chairman of Warsaw's Central Laboratory for the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Radiological Protection, also believed in the global cooling scare in the 1970s. He won't be fooled this time:

At the beginning of the 1970s I believed in man-made climate cooling, and therefore I started a study on the effects of industrial pollution on the global atmosphere, using glaciers as a history book on this pollution. With the advent of man-made warming political correctness in the beginning of 1980s, I already had a lot of experience with polar and high altitude ice, and I have serious problems in accepting the reliability of ice core CO2 studies.

The global warming house of cards rests on faulty ice core CO2 data. More accurate data has been deliberately ignored because "these measurements did not fit the hypothesis of anthropogenic climatic warming." Jaworowski regards this as "perhaps the greatest scientific scandal of our time."

Ian D. Clark, paleoclimatologist at the University of Ottawa, also taught his students that human beings were driving climate change by generating CO2:

However, a few years ago, I decided to look more closely at the science and it astonished me. In fact there is no evidence of humans being the cause. There is, however, overwhelming evidence of natural causes such as changes in the output of the sun.

Jan Veizer, environmental geochemist and professor emeritus at the University of Ottawa, once accepted the global warming theory. But then he discovered that the "solar/cosmic ray connection" corresponds much more closely with climate than CO2.

There are many more where these guys came from. If you own stock in the global warming hoax, now might be a good time to sell.

Posted by Van Helsing at May 17, 2007 9:55 PM


Van, you really need to start drinking the kool aid. All will be well when you do.

/sarcasm :)

Posted by: Steve at May 17, 2007 10:24 PM

And, in light of all this from real actual scientists, check out the title of Al Gore's newest book. From the Borders website:

The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy, and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Decision Making, Degrade Our Democracy, and Put Our Country and Our World in Peril
by Al Gore

Al Gore, the worst demagogue of environmentalism of our time, is palming himself off on the gullible as the antidote to demagoguery. Is this sick, or is this sick?

Posted by: kevin at May 18, 2007 7:50 AM

VH: What a great service, to list all of these non-Kool-Aid drinkers (and there are of course, many more who could be added to the list). Every comment underscores the inherent hysteria built into the man-made "global warming" hoax -- go along to get along, scream loud and long about how we're "destroying the Earth!," and the funding faucet is wide open; dare to be contrarian and you are a "denier," like one who denies the Holocaust, ostracized and shunned by the (alleged) scientific community.

But, it looks like that's turning around as more and more respectable minds in this field become "deniers," and the remnants of the "We're killing the planet!" bunch are exposed for what they are: rabid leftists who want to run the world, a world in their own image (to Hell with what you and I want), and obliterate anyone and anything that stands in their way (Hello, Uncle Joe!), such as facts and history.

Kevin: Looks like algore is guilty, as leftists typically are, of "projection," that is, doing exactly what they claim everyone else (especially the "deniers") is doing. Sorry, Al, but all the demagoguary, libel, slander, exaggeration, and outright lies are pouring out of your foul mouth, and those of your kameraden in the global warming (thought we were cooling off, Al -- whatever happened to that crock?) conspiracy. Al, your very existence and alleged popularity is an Assault On Reason.

Posted by: jc14 at May 18, 2007 8:23 AM

Yes! We need to constantly expose this hoax...

thanks for putting up this list, I didn't even realize it was this long (and surely longer).

Posted by: MoleOnABull at May 18, 2007 8:58 AM

King Albert screams above the roar of his GulfStream jet, "Who will rid me of these Deniers?" Queen Nancy of Stretchland strokes his brow soothingly and murmurs softly, "Leave it to me, my beloved King." And they roar on into the firmament leaving their gas behind them.

But not one of his retainers had had the stones to tell him that Sol, that font of all of the system's energy, for many years already was warming both Mars and Neptune as well as adding gentle blush to Gaia's comely countenance.

Ah, the pity of all the truths unsung by the minstrels of change.

Posted by: Bergbikr at May 18, 2007 9:41 AM