Sun, 2006-09-17 14:15Richard Littlemore
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Climate Change Denier Inhofe's Law of Impartiality

In a 2003 speech titled The Science of Climate Change, Senator James Inhofe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Works and the Environment, provided the following principles that he says guide his committee's attitude to climate change.

“That's why I established three guiding principles for all committee work:
  • it should rely on the most objective science;
  • it should consider costs on businesses and consumers;
  • and the bureaucracy should serve, not rule, the people.
Sun, 2006-09-17 13:52Richard Littlemore
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Teresa Heinz Kerry: Another Controversial Commentator

There is no science debate (about climate change); there’s a science fiction debate.”

When the luncheon speaker at the 60th annual convention of the National Conference of Editorial Writers uttered that quote, an editor from Indianapolis (with whom I had been arguing earlier), leaned over with a sarcastic snarl and said: “And now you know it’s true because your heard it from Teresa Heinz Kerry.”

It points out, yet again, one of the central problems of the “debate” about climate change. The people who are most qualified to speak about the topic (scientists) are often the most reticent. They live in a different world. They speak through the careful publication of their research. And they guard their professional credibility by couching their conclusions in the myriad qualifiers that always apply. As a result, the science argument is seldom expressed with the kind of strident conviction and clarity that is – how shall we say? – optimum in trying to win over a confused public.

Sun, 2006-09-17 13:48Richard Littlemore
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Tim Ball's Statement of Claim - A Public Document

Is attached for your interest.
Sun, 2006-09-17 07:38Kevin Grandia
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More bad press for Viriginia's State Skeptic Michaels

Pat MichaelsToday's Washington Post  takes an in-depth look at notorious climate change skeptic Pat Michaels and the recent controversy arising from an electric utitlity industry association memo pointing him out as a scientist willing to sow public doubt for the right price (which is apparently around $100,000 according to the memo). Here's a few highlights:

Sat, 2006-09-16 12:04Richard Littlemore
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National Conference of Editorial Writers: Split Decision

The notion that climate change is still debatable is alive and well among the continent's editorial writers.
The scientific community has long since arrived at the conclusion that:
  • greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are causing global warming; and
  • this is an issue of urgent concern.
And a purely anecdotal majority of Editorial Page editors and writers attending the 60th annual convention of the National Conference of Editorial Writers (NCEW) in Pittsburgh on the weekend apeared to accept that position.

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