Another Zinger from Singer: Can The Movie Be Far Behind?

Fri, 2006-11-10 14:16Ross Gelbspan
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Another Zinger from Singer: Can The Movie Be Far Behind?

In a new book, veteran skeptic S. Fred Singer claims that global warming is perfectly nature, unrelated to human-generated carbon emissions and caused by variations in solar intensity. Ooops!

Singer and his co-author, Dennis Avery, contend rising sea levels won't swamp coastal cities “because 90 percent of the world's remaining ice is in the melt-resistant Antarctic.” Ooops again!

Singer inverts the consensus understanding of more than 2,000 scientists that carbon dioxide traps in heat. Rather, Singer proclaims, heat releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Yet another Ooops!

But then Singer has a reputation for ALWAYS telling the truth.

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