by Joseph C. Phillips, BlackAmericaWeb.com
Appearing at the recent “Eco:nomics” conference sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, former vice president and anthropogenic global warming guru Al Gore had a rather telling exchange with Bjorn Lomborg. Lomborg, a former member of Greenpeace and author of the book "The Skeptical Environmentalist" invited Gore to debate the science of man made global warming. Gore declined the invitation insisting that it was “silly” to continue to debate the science.
This seemed a particularly odd response, given the fact that science is by definition the act of questioning - a constant effort to peel back more and more layers in order to gain an ever deeper understanding. For Gore, however, “The scientific community has gone through this chapter and verse.” And the science is settled. In his words, "the debate is over." Well, as my mother used to say, “Talkin’ loud don’t make you right!”
The fact is that the science is far from settled, and there is no consensus on anthropogenic global warming. In fact, the debate is alive and well, at least for those willing to debate. There are, in fact, more than 31,000 scientists – 9,000 of them with PhDs — that have signed a petition stating their unequivocal belief that the Kyoto protocol and similar proposals will “harm the environment, hinder the advance of science and technology and damage the health and welfare of mankind.”