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International Media Report on Over 400 Prominent Scientists Dissenting from ‘Consensus’

Senate ‘Consensus Busters’ Report Redefining Climate Debate


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Global Warming round up for the New Year

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Report challenges global warming claims

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI)—A report released by the ranking Republican member of a U.S. Senate environment committee refutes claims by Nobel laureate Al Gore on man-made climate change. In the report, more than 400 scientists expressed doubt over the claims made by Gore, a former U.S. vice president, and the United Nations that man-made climate change endangers the planet, The Washington Times reported Friday. The report is available on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Web site, whose ranking minority member is U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. The panel involved in the report includes members of the U.N. panel on climate change that shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Gore and issued its report on the heels of a U.N. conference on climate change in Indonesia. David W. Schnare with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in the report he was wary of Gore’s claims because “conclusions about the cause of the apparent warming stand on the shoulders of incredibly uncertain data and models.” The report challenges the contention that the climate change debate is settled as more and more scientists emerge countering the claims of many of the popular global-warming theories. “The hypothesis that solar variability and not human activity is warming the oceans goes a long way to explain the puzzling idea that the Earth’s surface may be warming while the atmosphere is not. The (greenhouse-gas) hypothesis does not do this,” said atmospheric scientist Hendrick Tennekes.
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Timing of Senate report praised by Alarmists - ‘Hat tip to Morano and Inhofe, they played this one well’

Saturday, December 22, 2007400 Scientists Dispute Global Warming Siegal, over at Daily Kos, says no way:
“Hat tip to Inhofe and his staffer Morano. They release the study just before the Christmas holidays. It looks on the Senate Website as if this is the official statement of the Committee. It is widely quoted and used within the Roadblock Republican sound machine, rapidly, with (as Romm notes) more links to it than the latest IPCC synthesis report (pdf). Released just on the eve of the holidays, with a well oiled sound machine, looking as if this is THE Committee speaking, when the other Congressional staff (and members) are thinking more about Christmas gifts for their children than having to (yet again) clean up after Inhofe. Hat tip to Morano and Inhofe, they played this one well ...“Apparently the study offered up by James Inhofe and the Senate has not been peer-reviewed. Siegal provides a great article with lots of citations, but still leaves you with the “I’ll take this with a grain of salt” feeling that Daily Kos always seems to leave me with. It seems to me that John McCain’s “Pascal’s Wager-esque” approach is the most preferable: do something about Global Warming, and if you’re wrong, all you’ve done is make the earth cleaner. If you’re right, you’ve saved the planet.
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Scientist Ponders Reconsidering Climate Views After Senate Report of 400 Skeptics!

(Environmental scientist Professor Rami Zurayk of the American University in Beirut)

“Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called “consensus” on man-made global warming. These scientists, many of whom are current and former participants in the UN IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), criticized the climate claims made by the UN IPCC and former Vice President Al Gore. The new report issued by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s office of the GOP Ranking Member details the views of the scientists, the overwhelming majority of whom spoke out in 2007. ” For the skeptics among us, fed to me again by A. It got me thinking: I’m an environmental scientist, but I’ve never had time to review the “evidence” for the anthropogenic causes of global warming. I operate on the principle that global warming is a reality and that it is human-made, because a lot of reliable sources told me that, and because I read it in learned journals. When I said, in my opening speech for the launch of UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook-4 in Beirut: “There is now irrevocable evidence that climate change is taking place…” I was reading from a statement prepared by UNEP. Faith-based science it may be, but who has time to review all the evidence? I’ll continue to act on the basis of anthropogenic climate change, but I really need to put some more time into this.
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Morano Debunks Concept of an “Insurance Policy” Against Global Warming

There is no such thing as an “insurance” policy against warming when it comes to current proposals. The upcoming cap-and-trade LIeberman-Warner bill in the Senate would not have a detectable impact on global temps, but will cost poor and middle class Americans huge amounts in higher energy bills. All economic pain for no climate gain. Would you buy and insurance policy that had a huge up front premium for absolutely no payout at the end of the term? If you would, then by all means support all of the current climate bills. But if they were “insurance policies” they would be shut down for insurance fraud for taking money and not paying any benefits. Cleaner burning technology and wealth creation go hand and hand. Saddling our economy with UN mandates and new layers of federal bureaucracy will only make us poorer and not ‘solve’ the “climate crisis.” After attending the last four UN climate conferences in a row, I can tell you unequivocally that if we were facing a man-made climate “crisis’ and the UN were our only hope to “solve” it, we would all be doomed.
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Global Warming ‘Consensus’ Fades

If 2007 was the Year of Al Gore, with his movie, Academy Award and Nobel Prize, 2008 just might be the year the so-called scientific consensus that man is causing the Earth to warm begins to crack. The fissures started to show in 2007: Prominent French physicist Claude Allegre called Gore a crook and equates Gore’s French followers with religious zealots. Weather Channel founder and meteorologist John Coleman said global warming is “the greatest scam in history.” Gore continued to duck open invitations to debate his theory. More than 400 scientists disputed the global warming claims. Though they were shut out of the meeting, dissenting scientists were able to get a bit of media attention at the December climate conference in Bali. Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told us that it will take several years for the climate change scare to finally die. But the death spiral will begin at some point, and it looks like the spinning will start in ‘08.
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A scientific consensus has been reached about global warming?

More than 400 scientists are challenging claims by Al gore and the United Nations about the threat from man-made global warming.
A report by Republican James Inhofe of the Senate Environment Committee lists among the skeptics many current or former members of the U.N.‘s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.One Dutch scientist says — “I find the Doomsday picture Al Gore is painting — a six-meter sea level rise, 15 times the IPCC number — entirely without merit.“French climatologist Marcel Leroo says — “Day after day the same mantra — that ‘the Earth is warming up’ — is churned out ... Without realizing it, or perhaps without wishing to, the average citizen is bamboozled, lobotomized, lulled into mindless acceptance.“The report contends many skeptical scientists keep silent because of fears of retribution.
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Global Con-sensus

Climate Change: A Senate minority report lists 400 reputable scientists who think the only melting ice we should really fear was in the cocktail glasses of attendees at the recent global warming conference in Bali.In the wake of the Dec. 3-14 conference, where delegates worked to draft a successor to the failed Kyoto Protocol on global warming, Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., ranking member on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has released a report that lists scientists who challenge both Al Gore’s assertion that the debate is over and the Bali conclusion that the planet is in imminent danger.Many of the 400 scientists have taken part in the U.N.‘s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, whose climate change reports tout consensus but which critics charge are heavily edited to support pre-defined conclusions. Among the IPCC’s warming “deniers” is atmospheric scientist Hendrik Tennekes, former research director at the Netherlands’ Royal National Meteorological Institute. “I find the Doomsday picture Al Gore is painting—a six-meter sea level rise, 15 times the IPCC number—entirely without merit,” he said. “I protest vigorously the idea that the climate reacts like a home heating system to a changed setting of the thermostat: Just turn the dial, and the desired temperature will soon be reached.” Physicist John W. Brosnahan, who develops remote-sensing tools for clients like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says: “Of course I believe in global warming, and in global cooling—all part of the natural climate changes that the Earth has experienced for billions of years, caused primarily by cyclical variations in solar output.
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Gore camp suggests scientists bought off

Report called global warming worries ‘entirely without merit’ worries “entirely without merit” have been bought off. The U.S. Senate report documents hundreds of prominent scientists – experts in dozens of fields of study worldwide – who say global warming and cooling is a cycle of nature and cannot legitimately be connected to man’s activities. But Gore spokeswoman Kalee Kreider told the Washington Times that after a quick review, about 25 or 30 of the scientists cited in the report may have received funding from Exxon Mobil Corp. However, Mobil spokesman Gantt H. Walton dismissed the claim, telling the newspaper the company is concerned about climate change reports, and doesn’t pay scientists to “bash global-warming theories.” “Recycling of that kind of discredited conspiracy theory is nothing more than a distraction from the real challenge facing society and the energy industry,” he told the Times. “And that challenge is how are we going to provide the energy needed to support economic and social development while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.”

A spokesman for Gore declined WND requests for additional comment on the issue. “I find the Doomsday picture Al Gore is painting – a six-meter sea level rise, 15 times the IPCC number – entirely without merit,” Hendrik Tennekes, a pioneer at the Netherlands’ Royal National Meteorological Institute, said in the report . “I protest vigorously the idea that the climate reacts like a home heating system to a changed setting of the thermostat: just turn the dial, and the desired temperature will soon be reached.”
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