Inhofe: Newsweek Blows Hot and Cold on Warming

Wed, 2006-10-25 06:48Ross Gelbspan
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Inhofe: Newsweek Blows Hot and Cold on Warming

For years, the skeptics have tried to discredit global warming projections by noting that, several decades ago, scientists were just as concerned about global cooling.  Now it turns out that Sen. James Inhofe (“Global Warming is the Greatest Hoax Ever Perpetrated on the American Public”) has pressured Newsweek Magazine into highlighting this change. In fact  some scientists say, their early concerns about climate change were not unjustified – since escalating climatic instability is the hallmark of early stage global warming.

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But everyone should keep in mind that:

- there was no scientific consensus or even general interest in global cooling

- the issue was mainly in the popular press, talk shows, etc., and not in scientific literature  

- the few who talked or wrote about it with knowledge of earth science considered it to be a very long term issue, unlike relatively rapid greenhouse gas-induced global warming

- the issue was only dug up by confused fiction writers and politicians to support  their ‘logic’ that if something was one way decades ago how could it be different now.  Excuse me? 

There are other relevant points at:

http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2005/01/the-global-cooling-myth/

I can’t belive newsweek would take this idiot’s viewpoint as anything even remotely based in reality. Wasn’t inhofe recently voted one of the dumbest politicians in america.

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