An analysis of the special interest rhetoric behind climate change’s biggest naysayers.
I’ve blogged on occasion on the issue of climate change, in part because of the extensive research I’ve done on the implications of climate change for water resources, and in part because of my frustration at the inability of policy makers to move beyond their parochial political interests and take action to reduce the massive and growing threats of climate change in the name of the public good. Part of the problem is a small number of vocal, ignorant, or dishonest climate deniers who aggressively mislead the public, media, and politicians, using (or manufacturing) uncertainty about the science as an excuse.
In fact, climate change deniers are pushing an ideological fight masquerading as a scientific debate.
Now, in a strongly worded push-back, 255 members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences have published an essay in the newest, May 7th issue of the journal Science (you need a subscription to see it, but the Institute has posted a .pdf of the letter (with permission). While I hate to send you from this blog to another, I’ve been invited to post on this essay over at Huffington Post. If you are interested in this issue, check it out. But here is a key finding:
“Many recent assaults on climate science and, more disturbingly, on climate scientists by climate change deniers, are typically driven by special interests or dogma, not by an honest effort to provide an alternative theory that credibly satisfies the evidence. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other scientific assessments of climate change, which involve thousands of scientists producing massive and comprehensive reports, have, quite expectedly and normally, made some mistakes. When errors are pointed out, they are corrected. But there is nothing remotely identified in the recent events that changes the fundamental conclusions about climate change.”
More on water here shortly, including Singapore’s remarkable water efforts, bottled water, California’s modest water reprieve, and my favorite movies related to water.
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