For all you Canadian DeSmog fans, tune in at 9pm to CBC's 5th Estate for a special documentary on the climate change “denial machine.” Watch the likes of Fred Singer, Tim Ball and Pat Michaels squirm in the media hot seat.
For our US readers, not to worry, I'm sure this piece will get popped on YouTube pretty darn quick.
(2) Would a warmer climate be better or worse than the present one?
(3) Realistically speaking, is it possible to influence the climate by policy actions in an effective way?
The answers are:
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!
We know, without doubt, that the tobacco companies spiked their product with nicotine to increase its addictive qualities and lied about it. We know that they created phony grassroots organizations, like The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC) to question the motivations of the Environmental Protection Agency and that they paid off scientists to take issue with the science.
“Scientists like MIT's Richard Lindzen, former Colarado State Climatologist Roger Pielke, the University of Alabama's Roy Spencer, and John Christy, Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels, Colorado State University's William Grey, atmospehric physicist Fred Singer, Willie Soon, Oregon State Climatologist George Taylor [and] astrophysicist Sallie Baliuna, just to name a few. But you never hear of them.The media never talks about these well-established scientists.”
First, and much in his favour, we have his own CV, which distinguishes Dr. Singer as a scientist of significant accomplishment, although given his current role as an anti-government lobbyist, he must be a little embarrassed about having spent two stints on the taxpayer's tab (once under Nixon, and once under Reagan/Bush).
You might remember the petition being launched in July, a response to the surprising call to action that the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI) launched in February.