This is the conflict confronting him as he measures increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, plots the corrective measures being taken by the world's countries, then anticipates the consequences. "As an academic," he confesses, "I wanted to be told that it was a very good piece of work and that the conclusions were sound. But as a human being, I desperately wanted someone to point out a mistake, and tell me we had got it completely wrong" (Guardian Weekly, Jan. 01/09).
At least 2,500 of the world's other leading environmental experts believe he has made no mistake and his conclusions are correct. In speaking for the collective concern of his colleagues, Dr. Anderson says, "Scientists have lost patience with carefully constructed messages being lost in the political noise. We are now prepared to stand up and say enough is enough" (The Vancouver Sun, Mar. 13/09).
…Scientists, by virtue of their discipline, try to choose the side of reality. And this objectivity is why Dr. Kevin Anderson -- despite wanting to be wrong -- reluctantly accepts that he is right. At the very least, his choice should give us pause for sober reflection.