Wednesday, February 8th 2012, 6:11 AM EST
When it comes to covering the issue of climate change, I have an open mind. So when skeptic scientists visit Houston, I make an effort to hear them speak. In the past I have covered Roy Spencer and Richard Lindzen, to name a couple of the most prominent visitors.
Last night I availed myself of the opportunity to hear physicist Fred Singer speak at the University of Houston. Singer, 88, trained as an atmospheric physicist and is an outspoken critic of the prevailing views held by climate change researchers.
The guest of UH scientist Larry Bell, who has established himself as one of Houston’s most prominent climate change skeptics as the author of the book Climate of Corruption, Singer spoke to about five or six dozen like-minded people. Among those in the audience was Apollo 7 astronaut Walt Cunningham.
Singer started out his talk by dismissing assertions that he was funded by tobacco or big oil interests, although he did acknowledge once receiving an “unsolicited” $10,000 check from Exxon.
That said, he began to disparage climate scientists, saying, “Climate science is not what we call real science. It’s not physics or chemistry.”
Frankly, I would disagree. Trying to disentangle the complicated threads of our planet’s atmosphere to understand how it works, and predict how it might change in response to human and solar activity, is indeed a very robust and challenging science. I would agree that we have a ways to go to reach a comprehensive understanding on this subject.
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