07 February 2007

Global Ear-Warming

I had thought the politicians and bureaucrats -- not the scientists, mind you -- who write up the scary summary to the infamous IPCC report might have a little bit of a problem with misleading the public.

You know, especially after the scientists involved complained publicly that their work was being misrepresented.

In June 1996, Dr. Frederick Seitz, past-president of the National Academy of Sciences and president emeritus of Rockefeller University, wrote with regard to the 1995 IPCC report: "I have never witnessed a more disturbing corruption of the peer-review process than the events that led to this IPCC report."

He continued: "This report is not what it appears to be -- it is not the version approved by the contributing scientists listed on the title page."
I had foolishly imagined that somebody's ears would be burning.

Apparently though, much like abandoning newborn babies in the middle of a prairie winter... there is no such thing as shame anymore.

And no such thing as truth.

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3 comments:

bigcitylib said...

Dr. Seitz spent the 70s and 80s working for the tobacco industry denying that cigarettes caused cancer. He then switched to denying Global Warming. He also got into legal trouble, I believe, for mistating his relationship to the NAS. But you can google all that, if you can handle the truth.

Anonymous said...

"Dr. Seitz spent the 70s and 80s working for the tobacco industry denying that cigarettes caused cancer. He then switched to denying Global Warming. He also got into legal trouble, I believe, for mistating his relationship to the NAS. But you can google all that, if you can handle the truth."

Typical response,

discredit, discredit, discredit.

Neo Conservative said...

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bigcitylib said... "Dr. Seitz spent...

Out here in the sticks, we must be using a different Google than BIG CITY LIBERAL...

Dr. Seitz was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1951, serving as part-time president for three years before assuming full-time responsibility in 1965, serving until 1968.

He has served as advisor to NATO, the President’s Science Advisory Committee, the Office of Naval Research, the National Cancer Advisory Board, the Smithsonian Institution, and other national and international agencies.

He has been honored with the Franklin Medal (1965), the Compton Medal—the highest award of the American Institute of Physics (1970), the National Medal of Science (1973), two NASA Public Service awards (1969 and 1979), the National Science Foundation’s Vannevar Bush Award (1983), National Academy of Engineering’s Distinguished Honoree Award (1995), as well as honorary degrees from over 32 universities worldwide.

Sounds like he was a real apologist for big tobacco... they just loved him to pieces.

By 1989, the CEO of R.J. Reynolds, William Hobbs, concluded that... "Dr. Seitz is quite elderly and not sufficiently rational to offer advice."

Oh yeah, us rubes out in the sticks usually cite our sources... not just spray accusations.

Go figure.

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