Monday, January 28, 2008

Scientists Threatened with Death Over Global Warming

According to Tom Harper at Scientists who question man's impact on global warming/climate change have received death threats.

"They say the debate on global warming has been "hijacked" by a powerful alliance of politicians, scientists and environmentalists who have stifled all questioning about the true environmental impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

"Timothy Ball, a former climatology professor at the University of Winnipeg in Canada, has received five deaths threats by email since raising concerns about the degree to which man was affecting climate change.

"One of the emails warned that, if he continued to speak out, he would not live to see further global warming."

Professor Ball and others appeared on television in "The Great Global Warming Swindle" documentary in which several scientists said the theory of man being responsible for global warming has become a 'religion' which ignores other viable explanations for climate change.

Richard Lindzen, professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who also appeared in the documentary, said, "Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science."

Other scientists agree with Ball and Lindzen, such as Dr Myles Allen, from Oxford University, said: "The Green movement has hijacked the issue of climate change. It is ludicrous to suggest the only way to deal with the problem is to start micro managing everyone, which is what environmentalists seem to want to do."

In response to receiving the death threats, Professor Timothy Ball said, "I can tolerate being called a sceptic because all scientists should be sceptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal." (read the full story here).

Climate skeptics are nothing new. And they claimed back in 2002 that it is "a media myth" to suppose that only a few scientists share their scepticism.

Senator James Inhofe, U.S. Senate Minority Leader of the Environment & Public Works Committee released "The Skeptic's Guide to Debunking Global Warming Alarmism - Hot & Cold Media Spin Cycle: A Challenge To Journalists who Cover Global Warming.”

The ‘Skeptic’s Guide’, which has received recognition by the LA Times and Congressional Quarterly, is now available free on the Senate Environmental & Public Works Web site.
The book features web links to all supporting documentation, and serves as a handbook to identify the major players in media bias when it comes to poor climate science reporting.

According to the Senator's website: "The guide presents a reporter’s virtual who’s-who’s of embarrassing and one-sided media coverage, with a focus on such reporters as CBS News “60 Minutes” Scott Pelley, ABC News reporter Bill Blakemore, CNN’s Miles O’Brien, and former NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw. Senator Inhofe’s “Skeptic’s Guide” also includes hard hitting critiques of the New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, Associated Press, Reuters, the LA Times, the Chicago Tribune, and the Washington Post." (read more here).

No matter which side any scientist is on in regards to the issue of global warming, the news of death threats to those who do not agree that man is responsible for climate change is shocking to say the least.

And raises the question: what else is at stake that would cause death threats to be given?

What do you think?


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