Thursday, April 13, 2006

Proponents of global warming browbeat dissenters

At least that’s the gist of the story by MIT’s Richard Lindzen in the Wall Street Journal linked to by John Hinderaker over at Power Line. John appropriately calls it a “Climate of Fear.”

John’s lead paragraph brings up an interesting point:
Most people assume that "science" has proved that the earth is getting significantly, and potentially catastrophically, warmer, and that the reason is human activity, specifically the release of carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases. In fact, scientific support for that theory is weak. But it's where the money is: funding for climate research by the U.S. government alone is up more than a billion dollars a year as a result of the alarmism spread by--guess who--the same people, largely, who get the extra billion dollars. There are some contexts in which economic interests make reporters suspicious, and some contexts in which they don't. Why? Beats me. Ask a reporter.
Just one more reason to question everything you read and see in the MSM.

Too many modern “scientists” have become like the alchemists of the Middle Ages—performing incantations and questionable experiments to curry favor with the “Nobility” in order to be granted funding. They have strayed from the path of science and have crossed over to the Dark Side of greed.

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