Let the Real Climate Debate Begin  

Posted by Big Gav

The Bush administration's "War on Science" continues, but the scientists are resisting.

Last month, Phil Cooney, the oil company lobbyist turned White House science "expert," was promptly hired by Exxon-Mobil after resigning under fire for changing the scientific conclusions in national climate reports. Texas Republican Joe Barton, who has reportedly received more money from the oil, gas, coal, nuclear, electricity, and chemical industry than any other member of the House of Representatives, sent letters to three climate scientists demanding their raw data showing the rising temperature of the Earth.

The work of these scientists has been intensively peer-reviewed already, but their findings are so disturbing to climate deniers that they are pushing for political intimidation. Barton is being advised by the small community of climate skeptics funded by -- surprise -- Exxon-Mobil.

Stop playing politics with climate science. It is time for the real climate debate to begin. If politicians want to get involved in the debate – as they should – they should be asking: How bad are global climate changes going to be, what should be done about them, who should do it, and who should pay? Lots of science needs to be done, but the difficult challenges are social, economic, and political, are not scientific.

3 comments

I used to be part of the scientific community.
Then I sort of crossed over (defected?) to the other side.

I remember how scientists "think".
Problem is, others in society don't think in same ways.

Most scientists are not equipped emotionally or otherwise to take on the mind manipulators of Washington.
It's like going into the ring with Arnold to debate physically on whether "the debate" is over or not.

By the way, scientifically speaking, what do the size of Arnold's organs have to do with whether global warming is real or not? Why is *he* persuasive while a hundred scientists with sixpacks of PhD's are not? Probably you don't want to know.

I'm all too well aware that scientists can't play politics (and most of them actively wish not to).

But people should realise they have been warned repeatedly and that bad things are going to come of ignoring this set of scientists.

Bush and his fellow swinging-dick morons can play money and power games all they like, but they'll get crunched along with the rest of us one day in the medium term future.

I'm thinkin'
That is Bush is thinkin'
Hey the Rapture gonna save me & my kin
Who the heck in Texas gives one fickle flick
Bout what happens to the Blue State unbelievers and other intellectual d***s

It's just the way he was brought up
Ya dance with them that bring ya up

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