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Saturday, January 12 2013

The attached artilcle by Lord Monckton, Be skeptical of Skeptic's skepticism of skeptics (see article here) was originally published on the SPPI blog (see link below).

Lord Monckton in this article (see link above) is responding to an article in Skeptic magazine’s on skepticism of climate skeptics. The Skeptic magazine issue in question has, as its cover story, a Climate Change Q&A, revealingly subtitled Climate Deniers’ Arguments & Climate Scientists’ Answers by Dr. Donald Prothero, a geology professor at Occidental College. Find Skeptic article here.

"Anyone who starts out by using the hate-speech term “Climate Deniers” – laden with political overtones of Holocaust denial – cannot expect to be taken seriously as an objective scientist.

Despite this promise of “Climate Scientists’ Answers”, only four peer-reviewed papers by climate scientists are cited among the 41 references at the end of the article.

And the implicit notion that “Climate Deniers” are non-scientists while true-believers are “Climate Scientists” is also unreasonable. Many eminent climate scientists are skeptical of the more extremist claims made by the UN’s climate panel, the IPCC. We shall cite some of their work in this response to the Professor’s unscientific article."

In his conclusion to his response to the article, Lord Monckton goes on to make some interesting points summarised below.

"When historians of science come to discuss the bizarre intellectual aberration that is the belief in catastrophic manmade “global warming” (CAGW), Professor Prothero (and numerous other 'useful idiots? CD) will not merit so much as a footnote.

Most of his own footnotes are references to tendentious, politicized websites such as “skeptical”-science, “real”-climate or Exxon-“secrets”. Only four of them are to peer-reviewed papers by climate scientists.

The only remarkable thing about the much-recycled arguments from the far-out Left that he so turgidly regurgitates is that any news medium would still be ignorant enough, uncritical enough, prejudiced enough and unashamed enough to print them.

Unless and until climate scientists learn to leave hard-Left politics at home and start to discuss the scientific arguments of skeptics scientifically, they will remain unheeded.

Perhaps the most interesting question that historians will address, when looking back on the “global warming” scare, is how it came about that a tiny handful of determined skeptics, with little or no funding and no official backing, defeated the lavishly-funded Governments, scientific academies, news media, environmental groups, universities, schoolteachers, corporations and “global-warming” profiteers such as Al Gore.

How did this tiny band succeed in convincing the population that – as repeated opinion polls now demonstrate – catastrophic manmade climate change is the very least of the environmental concerns they should worry about?

One answer to that interesting question is surely this. The climate-extremists have the money, the power and the glory, but the skeptics have the truth."

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See link to original SPPI article here.

Posted by: Chris Dawson AT 08:12 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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