All that's heating up is a political agenda
Wednesday, July 30, 2008 The Oregonian
Honest and reasoned debate is an important part of science. Most scientists engage in this discourse on a daily basis. That's why shrill attacks from uninformed people distorting facts to suit their own political agendas leave most scientists frustrated.
David Reinhard's recent column in The Oregonian ("The climate-change debate heats up,
" July 24) is a case in point.
Reinhard cites a recent "paper" by Christopher Monckton on the errors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and calls it "important new evidence." A minimal amount of research reveals that Monckton is one of the "court jesters" (Reinhard's words) who refutes the science of global warming. Monckton has been self-publishing his anti-global warming articles for years. His only academic degree is in journalism. He has no formal training in climate research or any other science. None of his papers has been peer-reviewed.
In fact, in the publication that Reinhard claims "exploded" the controversy into view, the American Physical Society, prefaced the article with this disclaimer: "The following article has not undergone any scientific peer review. Its conclusions are in disagreement with the overwhelming opinion of the world scientific community. The Council of the American Physical Society disagrees with this article's conclusions."
How odd that Reinhard left out these critical details.