I’m nobody. So, when I question Global Warming, who cares?
However, what do you say when a man with a PhD from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Instute, a man who won a Nobel Prize and an Oliver E. Buckley Prize, questions it? That man is Ivar Giaever, and he recently resigned from the American Physical Society because they have declared that their official position is that the evidence for manmade climate change is incontrovertible. Giaever had previously said that it is clear that the mean termperature of the earth has been amazingly stable and that Global Warming has become a new religion. He doesn’t believe that science is done by committee vote but by evidence and testing. He doesn’t believe that scientists should close their minds to dissent or to further discussion of a question. If scientists can discuss the way a multi-verse behaves, then why can’t they discuss why or if temperatures on earth are rising dramatically?
Giaever pointed out that it doesn’t really matter how many people believe something is true. It matters whether they are correct or incorrect. (Seeing that he is an atheist, he almost has to think that way, since the majority of people on earth believe in God or in gods.)
He is hardly a nutty American conservative Christian. He is Norwegian and is an avowed atheist. His dissent does not prove that other scientists are wrong on the question, but it does give somebody like me a sense that I could be right in my skepticism.
What do you make of the fact that Freeman Dyson, Professor Emeritus of the School of Natural Sciences is skeptical? So is Richard Lindzen, Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT. And Patrick Michaels, who is a retired professor of environmental studies at the University of Virginia. Add Petr Chylek to the list–a researcher at Los Alamos. And Philip Stott, Professor Emeritus of Biogeology at the University of London. Then there’s Tim Patterson, a paleoclimatologist at Carleton University in Canada.
They are not all total skeptics, but each of them has expressed doubt about one or more aspects of the Climate Change consensus. It is enough to make me wonder. How about you?
You can ignore people like me when we bring up our skepticism. What do we know? But you cannot claim that only non-scientists are skeptics–unless you want to question the credentials of the people I listed and the thirty or more other scientists that somebody took the time to list on Wikipedia–all notable scientists with degrees and positions at universities or research centers.