Friday, June 29, 2007

Is there a consensus on the global warming issue?

Local scientist calls global warming theory hooey

Dr. Reid Bryson, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor illustrates the fact that there is no consensus in the scientific community about global warming. As a matter of fact, I have noticed a growing trend of meteorologists showing courage to stand up and say that they are not convinced climate change is induced by human activity. James Spann of ABC 33/40 in Birmingham was one of the first to make a public stance on this issue.

Here is an excerpt:

Dr. Byson said, "However, there is no credible evidence that it is due to
mankind and carbon dioxide. We've been coming out of a Little Ice Age for 300
years. We have not been making very much carbon dioxide for 300 years. It's been
warming up for a long time."

Just because almost all of the scientific
community believes in man-made global warming proves absolutely nothing, Bryson
said. "Consensus doesn't prove anything, in science or anywhere else, except in
democracy, maybe."

Bryson, 87, was the founding chairman of the
department of meteorology at UW-Madison and of the Institute for Environmental
Studies, now known as the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He
retired in 1985, but has gone into the office almost every day since. He does it
without pay.

"I have now worked for zero dollars since I retired, long
enough that I have paid back the people of Wisconsin every cent they paid me to
give me a wonderful, wonderful career. So we are even now. And I feel good about
that," said Bryson.

So, if global warming isn't such a burning issue,
why are thousands of scientists so concerned about it?

"Why are so many
thousands not concerned about it?" Bryson shot back.

"There is a lot of
money to be made in this," he added. "If you want to be an eminent scientist you
have to have a lot of grad students and a lot of grants. You can't get grants
unless you say, 'Oh global warming, yes, yes, carbon dioxide.'"

out against global warming is like being a heretic, Bryson noted.
And it's
not something that he does regularly.


Michael Detwiler said...

great post...I'm more in his camp than any other.

Michael Detwiler said...

About CoCoRaHS, I'd go to their website and look up Henry and e-mail him about having interest in starting it up in Alabama. I contacted him late last year about TN getting involved and he answered me back quickly.

"Squeaky wheel gets the oil"

Michael Detwiler said...

Mike...storm damage in my area...posted some pictures at my blog...