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A licence to tell warming lies May 9, 2009

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A licence to tell warming lies

Andrew Bolt, Herald Sun, 9 May 2009

Harvard University PhD candidate Monika Kopacz insists global warming scientists have a duty to lie:

It is no secret that a lot of climate-change research is subject to opinion, that climate models sometimes disagree even on the signs of the future changes (e.g. drier vs. wetter future climate). The problem is, only sensational exaggeration makes the kind of story that will get politicians’ — and readers’ — attention. So, yes, climate scientists might exaggerate, but in today’s world, this is the only way to assure any political action and thus more federal financing to reduce the scientific uncertainty.

We’ve heard such admissions before, of course:

Professor Stephen Schneider, global warming guru at Stanford University (said) ”we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”

Then there was this defence of – and allegedly by – Alarmist of the Year Tim Flannery. And this use of the warmists’ licence to exaggerate by Robyn “100 metres” Williams.



1. Edward Mitchell - May 10, 2009

That’s the thing that that pisses me off the most. I’m all for cleaner fuels, solar and wind power to supplement traditional power generation, less pollution (and no, CO2 is not a pollutant), planting trees, generally having a smaller footprint on the environment. But the lies get me riled up.
The ice caps are not melting, they are breaking up due to natural expansion of the ice sheets, wave and wind action. Feel good actions upset me too. Wanna fly over seas, buy carbon credits and we might plant trees! Those trees will use some of the CO2, but what about the particulates and real pollutants? Will your carbon credits actually be used to plant trees or fund so called green projects? Want to make a difference? Reduce your consumption, reuse what you can, and recycle where available. Walk, roll or bike when possible. Theses will all have an immediate effect on your wallet. A polar bear will not drown if you drive your car.
Sorry for the rant. But if these alarmists really want to do good for the environment, then do it. Don’t lie to the public. Tell us the truth. We will eventually run out of oil and gas. We need electric vehicles (or hydrogen powered). We need to move away from coal because it is dirty, and invest in nuclear, hydro electric and reliable alternatives.

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