Every now and then one side of an argument or another will get a landfall win that just puts them over the top for awhile. In science, it doesn’t necessarily always hold, but just occasionally, this win does manage to help in the long run.
Well, for those of us who see man-made global warming as the backbone of our current climate change, that win has just been put in our laps.
A blog I had yet to hear about, DeSmogBlog, has managed to find at least 45 “outraged scientists” that once belonged to the famed Heartland Institute article entitled “500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares” that, in reality, don’t doubt anything.
Apparently DeSmogBlog manager Kevin Grandia emailed 122 of the scientists in that list on Monday, notifying them that they were in fact, on that list. Now, common sense would suggest that this move would be a stupid move. That if you were on the list, you probably put yourself there.
Not so apparently.
Within 24 hours of emailing these scientists, 36 scientists had replied, outraged that they would be considered for that list, let alone be on it. They are compiling a list of quotes, here are just a few highlighted.
“I am horrified to find my name on such a list. I have spent the last 20 years arguing the opposite.”
Dr. David Sugden. Professor of Geography, University of Edinburgh.
“I have NO doubts ..the recent changes in global climate ARE man-induced. I insist that you immediately remove my name from this list since I did not give you permission to put it there.”
Dr. Gregory Cutter, Professor, Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Old Dominion University
“I’m outraged that they’ve included me as an “author” of this report. I do not share the views expressed in the summary.”
Dr. John Clague, Shrum Research Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Ahhh… Internet. Is there anything you can’t do?
Photo, Dennis T. Avery, author of 500 Scientists with Documented Doubts of Man-Made Global Warming Scares