Fred Singer

Tue, 2006-11-14 18:26Richard Littlemore
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Dr. S. Fred Singer: denier for hire

Here's the latest from Dr. S. Fred Singer, the go-to “scientist” for industries that are trying to dodge regulation.
In this piece in the New York Sun, Singer poses three questions:
(1) Is there evidence for or against an appreciable human contribution to current climate warming?

(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:

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!

Thu, 2006-11-09 14:48Richard Littlemore
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Judge CEI "Experts" by the Company They Keep

In the history of protecting businesses from the inconvenience of environmental regulation, no example has been more obvious or objectionable than tobacco.

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.
Mon, 2006-10-02 10:27Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe and the exceptional Fox News climate change coverage

Check out Senator Jim Inhofe in full PR spin mode in this Fox News clip. Inhofe complains of media inaccuracies and bias against him and his climate change denialist talking points, mainly at the hands of CNN News.

Thu, 2006-09-28 10:17Kevin Grandia
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Inhofe's media bias claim innacurate, bordering outright falsehood

In his climate-change ain't happening State of the Union speech of Sept. 25th, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) makes the claim that climate change “skeptic” scientists do not get a fair share of media coverage.

Inhofe states:

“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.”

Wed, 2006-09-27 08:43Richard Littlemore
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Dr. S. Fred Singer's Reputation: Falling from a High Perch

In light of his having threatened to sue us, we have been poking around (and accepting help in that regard from clever readers) and have come up with two more comments on Dr. S. Fred Singer.

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).
Wed, 2006-09-27 07:42Richard Littlemore
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Is ExxonMobil Cultivating a Religious Voice, as Well?

Thanks to frequent correspondent Wacki for finding this EthicsDaily.com story, pointing out the ExxonMobil connection to the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) petition demanding INaction on climate change.

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.
Wed, 2006-09-06 22:53Jim Hoggan
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Astroturf: The Only Grass That Withstands Toxic Friends of Science

There are few parties in the public realm that are more credible than a “grassroots organization” - a group of citizens who rise up with no agenda other than to speak frankly about a public issue. Politicians are inevitably suspect and businesses are clearly self-interested, so reporters are always searching for the “common man” - the “person on the street” - or from impartial experts. No news source wraps up those characteristics more efficiently than the true grass roots organization.

Wed, 2006-08-30 12:15Jim Hoggan
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Schwarzenegger: the Debate on Climate Change is over

ABC's Bill Blakemore leaves no question where Cali. Governor Schwarzenegger stands on the science behind climate change:

“I say the [global warming] debate is over. We know the science,” California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared forcefully at a recent United Nations summit. “We see the threat, and we know the time for action is now.”


And if you don't believe Arnie, check out these factoids:
Tue, 2006-07-11 12:35Jim Hoggan
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The Art and Motivation of Editorializing Science

Let's see if the the Washington Times will actually print this:

Dear Editor,

In a recent Washington Times opinion piece, Dr. Pat Michaels again triDr. Pat Michaelses to confuse the science of climate change and create the perception that there are a significant number of climate change scientists who disagree that global warming is happening and is caused by humans. I am not a scientist, but I do know that in science, much like any other profession, it helps to know the background of the information source.

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