Sunday, January 29, 2012

The usual suspects ride again

BREAKING: Sixteen prominent scientists say that global warming is nothing to worry about!

Let's see who they are:

Claude Allegre, former director of the Institute for the Study of the Earth, University of Paris; J. Scott Armstrong, cofounder of the Journal of Forecasting and the International Journal of Forecasting; Jan Breslow, head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism, Rockefeller University; Roger Cohen, fellow, American Physical Society; Edward David, member, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Sciences; William Happer, professor of physics, Princeton; Michael Kelly, professor of technology, University of Cambridge, U.K.; William Kininmonth, former head of climate research at the Australian Bureau of Meteorology; Richard Lindzen, professor of atmospheric sciences, MIT; James McGrath, professor of chemistry, Virginia Technical University; Rodney Nichols, former president and CEO of the New York Academy of Sciences; Burt Rutan, aerospace engineer, designer of Voyager and SpaceShipOne; Harrison H. Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator; Nir Shaviv, professor of astrophysics, Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Henk Tennekes, former director, Royal Dutch Meteorological Service; Antonio Zichichi, president of the World Federation of Scientists, Geneva.

Richard Lindzen is a well-known U.S. skeptic who has had numerous papers refuted;  Harrison Schmitt has forgotten the geoscience he learned at Harvard and is a sell-out to oil and gas industries;  Will Happer has published stuff that has been blasted as heavily erroneous;  Burt Rutan is totally not a scientist;  and all these guys have been over-utilized again and again by the skeptical side to try and lend false legitimacy to pseudoscience.   I think daily for the next two weeks I'll post links about each of them.

Claude Allegre:  French climategate ends in sceptics humiliation

And then I'm going to write a letter to Harrison Schmitt.

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