Saturday, May 19, 2007

Some healthy debunking

From Climate Science Watch, Michael McCracken of the Climate Institute debunks a Richard Lindzen essay in Newsweek: "Richard Lindzen’s op-ed “Why So Gloomy?” which was published in the April 16, 2007 issue of Newsweek and distributed by MSNBC, includes roughly a score of statements that are contrary to the international scientific consensus and, in many cases, quite misleading…"

After a detailed and meticulous rebuttal, McCracken concludes: “Lindzen’s op-ed is deceptive and misleading, trying to blur and distort the very clear international scientific consensus that climate change is real, is primarily due to human influences, is already causing important impacts on the environment, and that future changes and impacts will be much more serious. The reason to be gloomy is that political efforts to deal with this increasingly serious issue have been so limited in the 40 years since 1965 when … a panel of the President’s Science Advisory Council indicated … that human-induced climate change was a real issue deserving of attention.”

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