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Tue, 2014-01-28 14:32Chris Turner
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Why It's Not Enough To Be Right About Climate Change

Polar Vortex wind currents from earth.nullschool.net and the washington post

A couple weeks back, I found myself enmeshed briefly in a local debate here in Calgary regarding the validity of the argument that a continent-wide spell of frigid weather raised a serious challenge to the scientific foundations of anthropogenic climate change. In the depths of the cold snap, a rookie city councillor, Sean Chu, tweeted:

I replied:

The exchange and other snarky dismissals of Chu’s line of reasoning got picked up by the Calgary Herald, which ran a news item on its blog and a follow-up piece defending Chu against “anthropogenic global warming religionists” on the op-ed page.

As we were engaged in our local rhetorical joust, climate change deniers continent-wide were re-enacting the same little drama on stages big and small, eventually inspiring one of those killer rapid-fire round-ups of TV news talking-head idiocy on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. “Apparently decades of peer reviewed study can be, like a ficus plant, destroyed in one cold weekend,” Stewart concluded.

In itself, any given one of these minor foofaraws (or are they argle-bargles?) is barely worth wasting the pixels contained in this sentence. But as a whole — as a tenaciously consistent, recurring pattern of discourse — they actually illustrate a singular challenge to concerted and sustained climate change action. So if you’ll stick with me, let’s unpack the mess a bit and take a look.

Werner Weber

Werner Weber

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Technische Universität Munich (1972).
  • “Diplomphysiker,” or Degree in Physics, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany (1970).

Source: [1]

 Background

Werner Weber is an emeritus professor of physics at the Technical Univeristy of Dortmund. He has done past research with Bell Laboratories, and was a visiting research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratores in Murray Hill, NJ.

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Fritz Vahrenholt

Fritz Vahrenholt

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Chemistry (1974).
  • Degree in Chemistry, University of Münster (1974).

Source: [1]

 Background

Fritz Vahrenholt has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hamburg since 2009.

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Roger Cohen

Roger Cohen

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Physics, Rutgers University. [1]

 Background

Roger Cohen is the former Manager of Strategic Planning and Programs at ExxonMobil Corporation.

He is a George C. Marshall Institute “Expert,” and has led a push for the American Physical Society (APS) to weaken their position on climate change.

Cohen became involved in studying global warming when Exxon realized that its “business environment” could be affected. [2]

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Jan Breslow

Jan L. Breslow

 Credentials

  • M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968.
  • M.A., Columbia University, 1964.
  • A.B., Columbia University, 1963.

Source: [1]

 Background

Jan L. Breslow is a physician and professor at Rockefeller University, specializing in cardiovascular disease. He is a former president of the American Heart Association. [1]

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Antonino Zichichi

Antonino Zichichi

 Credentials

  •  Ph.D.
  • Professor of Advanced Physics, University of Bologna, Italy.

Source: [1]

 Background

Antonino Zichichi is an Italian physicist who specializes in the area of nuclear physics. He was president of the Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare from 1977 up to 1982 and is currently an emeritus professor of physics at the University of Bologna. [2]

Claude Allègre

Claude J. Allègre

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Paris (1962). [1]

 Background

Claude Allègre, 75 years old, is a French geochemist and politician. He is a former minister of the French Socialist Party, [2] and does academic work at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP) — Institute of Geophysics, Paris.

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