Just what we need on a panel discussing "global warming":
A scientist who has long disagreed with the dominant view that global warming stems mainly from human activity has resigned from a panel that is completing a report for the Bush administration on temperature trends in the atmosphere.
The scientist, Roger A. Pielke Sr., a climatologist at Colorado State University, said most of the other scientists working on the report were too deeply wedded to particular views and were discounting minority opinions on the quality of climate records and possible causes of warming.
Dr. Pielke contends that changes in landscapes like the spread of agriculture and cities could explain many of the surface climate trends, while most climate experts now see a clear link to accumulating emissions of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide.
So climate-change theory has become another victim of politically correct orthodoxy. The ONLY reason for global warming can be us humans, primarily the Westernized types whom have dared to improve their lifestyles through machinary. Think outside the box, and be forced out.
And by the way, the JerseyNut is in no way, shape, or form even convinced that global warming is anything except a natural phenomenon. Remember after the tsunami last Christmas, when undersea villages rose from the deep with the new landscape? What caused the ocean levels to rise 10,000 years ago? The nasty SUV's that the natives were driving? Or in late 13th century Europe, where 100 years of unprecedented warmth led to greater harvests and livestock herds than had ever been previously seen - what the heck "caused" that? Or the 100 years of cold weather that followed? Where was the human causation factor?
The answer is - there was none! In a planet over 4 billion years old, even a warming trend that lasts a century may only be a blip; not a trend at all but just part of the natural cycle of life for the Earth. But to our left wing media/politicians/scientists, there must be a human, or a civilization, to blame. What hubris!
I miss the '70's; when as a boy I remember all the talk was about the expanding polar ice caps and the coming of a new Ice Age. Harmless weekly magazine fodder then, but now, the latest climatological craze has left-wing fervor and legislative power behind it; and may actually be dangerous to the population; albiet for different reasons...
If this is the best our science has to offer- politically correct results with dissenters 'frozen' out- than we face a greater danger than that of all the 'creationists ' combined.
Link to above story here: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/23/science/earth/23clim.html