by SAM McCOMB
YOUR editorial (2 February) implies the science linking carbon dioxide with global warming is settled. It isn't.
Dr John Theon, former supervisor of James Hansen at Nasa, now says about global warming: "My own belief concerning anthropogenic change is that the models do not realistically simulate the climate system...
"Furthermore some scientists have manipulated data to justify their model results. In doing so, they neither explain what they have modified, nor how they did it. They have resisted making their work transparent so it can be replicated independently by other scientists. Thus there is no rational justification for using climate model forecasts to determine public policy."
Roy Spencer, a former research scientist under Dr Theon at Nasa, is also a sceptic about man-made global warming. He says (of Dr Hansen): "You might think it's OK for the lone scientist to warn everyone of impending planetary doom. But I consider it much closer to someone yelling 'Fire!' in a crowded theatre. Forcing expensive energy on people will lead to death and suffering. These are very real threats, not theoretical, like man-made global warming, and they exist today."
Mr Salmond has many considerations on coal-fired energy stations, but production should not be one. I hope the stations and a few waste incinerators get built.
Source Link: scotsman.com