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CLIMATE: Scientists’ standards higher than climate contrarians

Letter by Aaron C. Huertas, Washington, D.C. on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:03 pm with 15 Comments »
August 31, 2010 1:35 pm

Re: “Climate change: At least science admits its errors” (editorial, 8-31).

Your editorial rightly noted that science corrects itself over time. That is one reason policymakers and citizens should have confidence in the conclusion that the Earth is warming rapidly due to an overload of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from burning fossil fuels.

If the contrarians who have been attacking climate scientists were held to the same standards those scientists hold themselves to, they would have been shamed out of the public debate decades ago.

Finally, your editorial mentions the controversy over e-mails stolen from climate scientists last fall, but neglected to note that five independent investigations have cleared the scientists of wrongdoing. That hasn’t stopped the contrarians, many funded by the coal and oil industries, who are still working overtime to confuse the public.’

If they had the same intellectual integrity as climate scientists, they would be offering ideas about how to address climate change instead of questioning its reality.

(Huertas is press secretary for the Union of Concerned Scientists.)

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  1. iamjimbo says:

    LOL… “Scientists’ standards higher than climate contrarians”… in theory anyway…

    the science is correcting itself, slowly granted, but the more we find out about the lie of ommission AND commission, the more we realize it’s a hoax and scare tactic…

    Interestingly, the “contraians” ??? happen to be scientists too.

  2. jimbo, you are wrong still. The more we discover, the more positive the evidence becomes that global warming is here and that some of it is man-caused. Every theory is self correcting and it will be that way forever. There does come a time when the corrections become smaller and smaller and that time is approaching rapidly for global warming and the concurrent climate change it is causing. There are no lies and there are no omissions that make any significant difference to the overall conclusion that the planet is warming more rapidly than normal with all variables considered.

  3. BlaineCGarver says:

    Quote: “(Huertas is press secretary for the Union of Concerned Scientists.)”

    OMG, be sure to read that and THEN the logic of the letter will fall into place. The AlGore Climate Wackos are paying this letter writer, so go figger.

  4. BlaineCGarver says:

    Carbon dioxide built up has always followed global warming. That is an absolute fact proven by the ice core samples they have from eons ago. Greenland used to be the BreadBasket of the world, and then it got cold..gee, maybe it’s changing back again.

  5. donjames says:

    A little information on Mr. Huertas boss, Kevin Knobloch, and his… organization,Union of Concerned Scientists, courtesy of http://www.discoverthenetworks.org

    Kevin Knobloch is the president of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), an ostensibly independent, nonprofit environmental and national security advocacy organization comprised of more than 100,000 members whose stated purpose is to build a “cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.” The UCS takes public stands, purportedly buttressed by scientific research, regarding a variety of political and health-related issues. For example, it opposes genetically engineered foods, condemns SUV vehicles, and proposes measures aimed at combating what it deems the imminent dangers of global warming. It also opposes the vast majority of American foreign policy decisions, calls for a unilateral reduction in U.S. nuclear weapons stockpiles, and derides American efforts to develop a National Missile Defense (NMD) system. The UCS disseminates to lawmakers and news outlets its opinions about each of these matters, with the intent of ultimately influencing public policy.

    Knobloch and the UCS have been extremely critical of Republican political leaders, particularly President Bush. Knobloch began his tenure as UCS president by stating, “The Union of Concerned Scientists was founded on the belief that science has an essential role in informing and driving public policy, and advancing that principle has never been more needed. The Bush administration and some in Congress have, increasingly, undercut the role of science and scientists in national policymaking. UCS will be a leader in countering this trend, helping scientists turn their frustration into action.”

    Knobloch has also served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies and the Environmental League of Massachusetts, both of which have leftwing agendas. In addition, he was once the legislative director for former Senator Timothy Wirth (D-Colorado), who is currently the president of the United Nations Foundation. Knobloch was also the legislative assistant and press secretary for the late Representative Ted Weiss (D-New York). During his term in office, Weiss sought to impeach President Reagan for overthrowing the Marxist regime in Grenada.

    It is also very interesting to note that, while UCS purports to “monitor and work to improve the safety and security provisions at existing nuclear power plants”, it is clear from their web site content they are completely anti-nuclear.

    Conclusion: Take what this guy says with a grain of salt – it may as well be coming straight from the DNC.

  6. iamjimbo says:

    Thanks for your 2 cents Pub.

  7. aislander says:

    The scientists are for sale and Huertas is their pimp…

  8. bobcat1a says:

    If the climate scientists are wrong, at least we end up with a cleaner world. If you deniers are wrong we end up with a global catastrophe unlike anything humanity has ever witnessed. Nice to see that you are anxious to roll the dice on the future of your children and grandchildren. And please don’t bring up the old canard that it will cost jobs. Developing clean energy will create far more jobs than will ever come from burning the last barrel of oil. And some country is going to get those jobs. I would prefer it be us.

  9. aislander says:

    My children’s future IS important to me, bobcat1. That’s why I don’t want to put into the hands of lefties like you…

  10. Novelist3 says:

    “at least we end up with a cleaner world”

    Who does? Us?

    Don’t count on it.

    The idea that us Americans are the massive polluters is a canard promulgated by those with a political agenda and their heads in the sand, ignoring the massive true polluters. It’s the same agenda “human rights” activists have when they attack the US while completely ignoring the gorilla nation that makes people with differing opinions simply vanish.

    I speak, of course, of China. It’s waterways are coated with foot-thick toxic slime (they had a heck of a time clearing it out for the Olympics). They put toxic chemicals in their milk to fake nutritional scanners. And there’s a constant cloud of pollution over their nation that is literally visible from space.

    And these lunatic scientists go after us- trying to ban plastic bags and travel around in clown cars. It would be hilarious, if it were on some fictional show. But it’s not. It’s here, in our country.

  11. AmandaDaniel wrote on 06/18/2009 05:54:41 AM:

    “People who try to force everyone into Smarts and cars they find to be “sensible”, It’s high time the government got its nose out of trying to shove people into these ridiculous death-trap clown cars…”

  12. JungleBoy says:

    A scientist could “prove” a horse is a cow if he tried hard enough. The scientific method is no longer the scientific method when the goal is simply to reach a desired conclusion.

  13. iamjimbo says:

    • Polago wrote on 11/02/2009 06:29:17 PM:

    I have no problem with Fox News.

  14. murphtall says:

    “If you deniers are wrong we end up with a global catastrophe unlike anything humanity has ever witnessed.” wow. yes, totally unlike humans short few thousand year existence has ever experienced. the planet, however, has seen worse, faster and on a larger scale and has recovered, way before cars and al gore. thanks for allowing me to explain reality in away that al gore’s cult following hopefully can understand. The planet may shed itself of humans but not of life.

  15. JungleBoy says:

    Murphtall, you’re right. The earth is constantly changing. Thousands of years ago, the Sahara desert was an ocean. Though the cause was plate tectonics, the principle is the same – namely, the history of the earth is one that is replete with dynamic processes. If our goal, today, is simply to preserve humanity, then our time would be better spend trying to stop nuclear proliferation. But, hey, Obama doesn’t seem to care about Iran getting nuclear weapons, so why should I?

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