July 06, 2006

So Much For "An Inconvenient Truth"

Sixty people. Sixty scientists. Sixty concerned individuals none of whom have been convinced that the "computer models" are accurate to predict what has already happened let alone what the future may hold. And this is what they said:

An open letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

Dear Prime Minister:

As accredited experts in climate and related scientific disciplines, we are writing to propose that balanced, comprehensive public-consultation sessions be held so as to examine the scientific foundation of the federal government's climate-change plans. This would be entirely consistent with your recent commitment to conduct a review of the Kyoto Protocol. Although many of us made the same suggestion to then-prime ministers Martin and Chretien, neither responded, and, to date, no formal, independent climate-science review has been conducted in Canada. Much of the billions of dollars earmarked for implementation of the protocol in Canada will be squandered without a proper assessment of recent developments in climate science.

Observational evidence does not support today's computer climate models, so there is little reason to trust model predictions of the future. Yet this is precisely what the United Nations did in creating and promoting Kyoto and still does in the alarmist forecasts on which Canada's climate policies are based. Even if the climate models were realistic, the environmental impact of Canada delaying implementation of Kyoto or other greenhouse-gas reduction schemes, pending completion of consultations, would be insignificant. Directing your government to convene balanced, open hearings as soon as possible would be a most prudent and responsible course of action."

OK, they are saying that basically, the computer models used to support the climate warming mantra does not even support the observations of the past, so how could it support the catastrophe that is predicted for the future? Read the rest here

Dr. Ian D. Clark, professor, isotope hydrogeology and paleoclimatology, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa
Dr. Tad Murty, former senior research scientist, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, former director of Australia's National Tidal Facility and professor of earth sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide; currently adjunct professor, Departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa
Dr. R. Timothy Patterson, professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences (paleoclimatology), Carleton University, Ottawa
Dr. Fred Michel, director, Institute of Environmental Science and associate professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa
Dr. Madhav Khandekar, former research scientist, Environment Canada. Member of editorial board of Climate Research and Natural Hazards
Dr. Paul Copper, FRSC, professor emeritus, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ont.
Dr. Ross McKitrick, associate professor, Dept. of Economics, University of Guelph, Ont.
Dr. Tim Ball, former professor of climatology, University of Winnipeg; environmental consultant
Dr. Andreas Prokoph, adjunct professor of earth sciences, University of Ottawa; consultant in statistics and geology
Mr. David Nowell, M.Sc. (Meteorology), fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society, Canadian member and past chairman of the NATO Meteorological Group, Ottawa
Dr. Christopher Essex, professor of applied mathematics and associate director of the Program in Theoretical Physics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.
Dr. Gordon E. Swaters, professor of applied mathematics, Dept. of Mathematical Sciences, and member, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Research Group, University of Alberta
Dr. L. Graham Smith, associate professor, Dept. of Geography, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.
Dr. G. Cornelis van Kooten, professor and Canada Research Chair in environmental studies and climate change, Dept. of Economics, University of Victoria
Dr. Petr Chylek, adjunct professor, Dept. of Physics and Atmospheric Science, Dalhousie University, Halifax
Dr./Cdr. M. R. Morgan, FRMS, climate consultant, former meteorology advisor to the World Meteorological Organization. Previously research scientist in climatology at University of Exeter, U.K.
Dr. Keith D. Hage, climate consultant and professor emeritus of Meteorology, University of Alberta
Dr. David E. Wojick, P.Eng., energy consultant, Star Tannery, Va., and Sioux Lookout, Ont.
Rob Scagel, M.Sc., forest microclimate specialist, principal consultant, Pacific Phytometric Consultants, Surrey, B.C.
Dr. Douglas Leahey, meteorologist and air-quality consultant, Calgary
Paavo Siitam, M.Sc., agronomist, chemist, Cobourg, Ont.
Dr. Chris de Freitas, climate scientist, associate professor, The University of Auckland, N.Z.
Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology, Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Freeman J. Dyson, emeritus professor of physics, Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton, N.J.
Mr. George Taylor, Dept. of Meteorology, Oregon State University; Oregon State climatologist; past president, American Association of State Climatologists
Dr. Ian Plimer, professor of geology, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Adelaide; emeritus professor of earth sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
Dr. R.M. Carter, professor, Marine Geophysical Laboratory, James Cook University, Townsville, Australia
Mr. William Kininmonth, Australasian Climate Research, former Head National Climate Centre, Australian Bureau of Meteorology; former Australian delegate to World Meteorological Organization Commission for Climatology, Scientific and Technical Review
Dr. Hendrik Tennekes, former director of research, Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute
Dr. Gerrit J. van der Lingen, geologist/paleoclimatologist, Climate Change Consultant, Geoscience Research and Investigations, New Zealand
Dr. Patrick J. Michaels, professor of environmental sciences, University of Virginia
Dr. Nils-Axel Morner, emeritus professor of paleogeophysics & geodynamics, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
Dr. Gary D. Sharp, Center for Climate/Ocean Resources Study, Salinas, Calif.
Dr. Roy W. Spencer, principal research scientist, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama, Huntsville
Dr. Al Pekarek, associate professor of geology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Dept., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minn.
Dr. Marcel Leroux, professor emeritus of climatology, University of Lyon, France; former director of Laboratory of Climatology, Risks and Environment, CNRS
Dr. Paul Reiter, professor, Institut Pasteur, Unit of Insects and Infectious Diseases, Paris, France. Expert reviewer, IPCC Working group II, chapter 8 (human health)
Dr. Zbigniew Jaworowski, physicist and chairman, Scientific Council of Central Laboratory for Radiological Protection, Warsaw, Poland
Dr. Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen, reader, Dept. of Geography, University of Hull, U.K.; editor, Energy & Environment
Dr. Hans H.J. Labohm, former advisor to the executive board, Clingendael Institute (The Netherlands Institute of International Relations) and an economist who has focused on climate change
Dr. Lee C. Gerhard, senior scientist emeritus, University of Kansas, past director and state geologist, Kansas Geological Survey
Dr. Asmunn Moene, past head of the Forecasting Centre, Meteorological Institute, Norway
Dr. August H. Auer, past professor of atmospheric science, University of Wyoming; previously chief meteorologist, Meteorological Service (MetService) of New Zealand
Dr. Vincent Gray, expert reviewer for the IPCC and author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of 'Climate Change 2001,' Wellington, N.Z.
Dr. Howard Hayden, emeritus professor of physics, University of Connecticut
Dr Benny Peiser, professor of social anthropology, Faculty of Science, Liverpool John Moores University, U.K.
Dr. Jack Barrett, chemist and spectroscopist, formerly with Imperial College London, U.K.
Dr. William J.R. Alexander, professor emeritus, Dept. of Civil and Biosystems Engineering, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Member, United Nations Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters, 1994-2000
Dr. S. Fred Singer, professor emeritus of environmental sciences, University of Virginia; former director, U.S. Weather Satellite Service
Dr. Harry N.A. Priem, emeritus professor of planetary geology and isotope geophysics, Utrecht University; former director of the Netherlands Institute for Isotope Geosciences; past president of the Royal Netherlands Geological & Mining Society
Dr. Robert H. Essenhigh, E.G. Bailey professor of energy conversion, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University
Dr. Sallie Baliunas, astrophysicist and climate researcher, Boston, Mass.
Douglas Hoyt, senior scientist at Raytheon (retired) and co-author of the book The Role of the Sun in Climate Change; previously with NCAR, NOAA, and the World Radiation Center, Davos, Switzerland
Dipl.-Ing. Peter Dietze, independent energy advisor and scientific climate and carbon modeller, official IPCC reviewer, Bavaria, Germany
Dr. Boris Winterhalter, senior marine researcher (retired), Geological Survey of Finland, former professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, Finland
Dr. Wibjorn Karlen, emeritus professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden
Dr. Hugh W. Ellsaesser, physicist/meteorologist, previously with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Calif.; atmospheric consultant.
Dr. Art Robinson, founder, Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, Cave Junction, Ore.
Dr. Arthur Rorsch, emeritus professor of molecular genetics, Leiden University, The Netherlands; past board member, Netherlands organization for applied research (TNO) in environmental, food and public health
Dr. Alister McFarquhar, Downing College, Cambridge, U.K.; international economist
Dr. Richard S. Courtney, climate and atmospheric science consultant, IPCC expert reviewer, U.K.
A tip 'O The GM Derby to Raven

Tracked to Social Sense and "First, Do No Harm!"

Posted by GM Roper at July 6, 2006 07:04 AM | TrackBack

I've checked with the left and they said that 3 of them cheated on their taxes, 7 of them cheated on tests in high school, 20 know nothing about global warming, 15 were secretly hired by the oil companies, and that there was a misplaced modifier in their letter--therefore, we can't believe anything that they said or wrote. If they said that water was wet, by using the mud-slinging criteria of the left, then we shouldn't believe them.

You know, I really get tired of the sanctimonious arrogance of the left.

Posted by Woody at July 6, 2006 08:55 AM

I can't believe you guys keep bringing this up. Don't you know the debate is over?!

the debate is over: 1)our minds are closed and we don't want to continue to investigate anything 2)it's time to make our power grab 3)we're open-minded liberals, so listen to US. We're not interested in different perspectives.

Posted by DADvocate at July 6, 2006 01:46 PM

I've been reading about this kind of thing for a while now, upon learning of the field of "paleoclimatology". (The changes the Earth has gone through on the seriously macro-scale are really fascinating - especially for those of us with limited social lives;)

Scientists in this field monitor the temperature changes of the Earth over the period of thousands and hundreds of thousands of years, rather than the year to year sensationalism indulged in by those Global Warming twits. Over the last 18,000 years we have been involved in a series of glacial increases and recessions, ranging from the slight warming that happened during the Middle Ages to the "mini-Ice Age" the planet experienced a couple of centuries ago.

Scientists involved in studying solar radiation have put forward a much more valid explanation for the increase of CO2 in our atmosphere, as caused by the increase in solar flares, and the effect they have on our environment. But as DADvocate says, to them, the debate is *over*.

Posted by Katje at July 6, 2006 03:25 PM

One of the biggest problem with the models predicting global warming is that they rely on paleoclimatic data for calibration. Unfortunately, that data is all indirect, requiring the assertion that a tree ring is narrow because it was a warm (or is it cold) year, etc. Since climate models are loaded with parameters, getting one to "work" involves twiddling the parameters until they can predict the past.

But paleoclimatologists cannot even agree on the past. Was there a little ice age 400 years ago? Plenty of argument on that. And that's only 400 years ago, when we have written history!

Posted by John Moore at July 6, 2006 05:28 PM

John, as reminded above, the debate is over. How many times do we have to say it?

T H E D E B A T E I S O V E R !

Why do people insist on bringing up contradictory and real facts? No matter what you say, it can be dismissed with a personal attack or some wacko internet research where the cultists keep rehashing their own limited studies.

Oh, did you hear about the debate being over?

Posted by Woody at July 6, 2006 05:46 PM

I'm more concerned with passing on Western Civilization - especially my faith - to my descendants than I am worried about whether we've succeeded in remaking The Planet into a theme park to some arbitrary year in its climate history.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at July 6, 2006 06:52 PM

So right AVI, so right. It's too easy to get sidetracked into these inane debates when, as Woody says, it's over. Instead, we need to be reading 1985...

Posted by Katje at July 7, 2006 04:46 AM

What? No dissent? I'm disappointed. I was looking forward to another good argument or to at least be told I'm a global anarchist .... or something.

Posted by Oyster at July 7, 2006 04:57 AM

Oyster, you are a global anarchist, or something! There, that better?

Posted by GM at July 7, 2006 06:10 AM

All of you were accused of "hating" Bill Clinton. Why do you hate the Earth?

Posted by Woody at July 7, 2006 07:35 AM

I hate mother earth, because she left Father for some nitwit called Algore, who thinks he's a scientist, with his liberal arts degree.

Posted by Ben USN (Ret) at July 8, 2006 06:05 AM

Ben, very clever line.

Posted by Assistant Village Idiot at July 8, 2006 12:39 PM

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