No, this isn't a post about Sen. James Inhofe's review of Francois Truffaut's 1959 classic film, The 400 Blows, but about the senator's 400 global-warming skeptics.
By now you've no doubt heard of the claim by Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-OK), former chair of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and now ranking minority member, that 400 prominent scientists dispute human-caused global warming. That report, relseased by the Office of the GOP Ranking Member (Sen. Inhofe), is now available, having been posted on The Inhofe EPW Press Blog on 20 December 2007.
Former student and hydrologist extraordinaire Don Mahin forwarded me this information, and since since I cannot locate the item about Britney Spears becoming a hydraulic engineer, I decided, as a public service, to pass Don's information on to my readers. Although this is "old news", there are some updated links on the page, one as recent as 8 January 2008. So take a look.
You can access the report from the aforementioned blog link or go directly to the report.
Here is a link to A Skeptic's Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism.
The following is the introductory material from the report.
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.
Even some in the establishment media now appear to be taking notice of the growing number of skeptical scientists. In October, the Washington Post Staff Writer Juliet Eilperin conceded the obvious, writing that climate skeptics "appear to be expanding rather than shrinking." Many scientists from around the world have dubbed 2007 as the year man-made global warming fears "bite the dust". In addition, many scientists who are also progressive environmentalists believe climate fear promotion has "co-opted" the green movement.
This blockbuster Senate report lists the scientists by name, country of residence, and academic/institutional affiliation. It also features their own words, biographies, and weblinks to their peer reviewed studies and original source materials as gathered from public statements, various news outlets, and websites in 2007. This new “consensus busters” report is poised to redefine the debate.
Many of the scientists featured in this report consistently stated that numerous colleagues shared their views, but they will not speak out publicly for fear of retribution. Atmospheric scientist Dr. Nathan Paldor, Professor of Dynamical Meteorology and Physical Oceanography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, author of almost 70 peer-reviewed studies, explains how many of his fellow scientists have been intimidated.
“Many of my colleagues with whom I spoke share these views and report on their inability to publish their skepticism in the scientific or public media,” Paldor wrote.
Give it a read.
"The climate system is an angry beast, and we are poking it with sticks." -- Wallace Broecker, Columbia University