Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Correcting Their Stance?

The American Physical Society is reviewing their stance on the issue of man made global warming.

Petitioning for a revised statement on climate change

By S. Fred Singer, Hal Lewis, Will Happer, Larry Gould, Roger Cohen & Robert H. Austin

We write in response to your issue discussing “the coming climate crunch”, including the Editorial ‘Time to act‘ (Nature 458, 10771078; 2009). We feel it is alarmist.

We are among more than 50 current and former members of the American Physical Society (APS) who have signed an open letter to the APS Council this month, calling for a reconsideration of its November 2007 policy statement on climate change (see open letter at this link; APS statement at this link). The letter proposes an alternative statement, which the signatories believe to be a more accurate representation of the current scientific evidence. It requests that an objective scientific process be established, devoid of political or financial agendas, to help prevent subversion of the scientific process and the intolerance towards scientific disagreement that pervades the climate issue.

On 1 May 2009, the APS Council decided to review its current statement via a high-level subcommittee of respected senior scientists. We applaud this decision. It is the first such reappraisal by a major scientific professional society that we are aware of, and we hope it will lead to meaningful change that reflects a more balanced view of climate-change issues
Dissension in the ranks? Is the consensus breaking down? Is scepticism becoming respectable in science again? I sure hope the answer to the last question is: Yes! Because without scepticism science is not science, it is religion. A religion known as scientism.

H/T Simen Thoresen via e-mail

Cross Posted at Classical Values

2 comments:

Ms. Cris Ericson said...

I just want to know if droughts drying up lakes in states west of Vermont are creating the clouds dumping all the rain on Vermont this summer. We've had far more days of rain and thunderstorms than sun. Zip Code 05143 Chester, Vermont U.S.A.

I'll e-mail you a photo of my wildflowers for you and your artist friend because my yard looks like your painting. It rains so often half my grass is three feet tall,
can't mow it all.

99% said...

Nice try.

However, you failed to mention that the APS has over 47,000 members. Which means that your 50 Exxon shills constitute a whopping 0.1% of the membership.

And yet you consider this 0.1% to represent a "breakdown" in the APS consensus view of climate change? I know you are an odd duck and have zero scientific background, but you're really showing your ignorance and stupidity now.

"It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."