Thanks Ms. Mayhew for furnishing a listing of a large number of your “believers,” however their claim of a catastrophe that will result from the supposed “global warming” is not accepted by the entire scientific community. In fact there are many prominent, respected global scientists who reject their proposal. Their voices, however, have been dismissed as “cranks” or deniers or skeptics by the believers. So, in order to give this discussion balance their views and input to this controversy should be considered.
Here are a few quotes from some prominent, respected scientists.
The first is Dr. Daniel Botkin, president of the Center for the Study of the Environment and professor emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at the University of California.
“Some colleagues who shared some of my doubts argue that the only way to get our society to change is to frighten people with the possibility of a catastrophe and that therefore it is all right and even necessary for scientists to exaggerate. They tell me that my belief in open and honest assessment is naive.”
“Wolves deceive their prey, don’t they? One said to me recently, ‘Therefore, biologically, we are justified in exaggerating to get society to change.’”
A second voice is Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; member of the National Academy of Sciences and former lead author, UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“Future generations will wonder in bemused amazement that the early 21st century’s developed world went into hysterical panic over a globally averaged temperature increase of a few tenths of a degree, and on the basis of gross exaggerations of highly uncertain computer projections combined into implausible chains of inference proceeded to contemplate a roll back of the industrial age.”