From the Cheap Seats: Real Scientists Study Warming

March 24, 2014
U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy in the Arctic.

U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Healy in the Arctic.

The “scientific consensus” on global warming, never much more than so much shaved ice in the Mojave Desert in July, is about to melt a bit more.

The American Physical Society, which gave needed credence to the idea of man-made global warming seven years ago, has appointed a committee to study the issue. Three members of the six-member committee are high priests in the church of anthropogenic global warming and the other three are something other than blind followers of the peculiar faith of AGW.

Judith Curry, John Christy and Richard Lindzen, all of whom bring to the table actual accomplishment, are the so-called “skeptics.”

Cheap Seats prefers the term “scientists.”

Curry is a professor and head of the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Christy directs the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, and was a lead author of the 2001 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Lindzen differs from many so-called scientists who weigh in on the side of the true believers in that he was an actual professor of meteorology, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, no less, from 1983 to 2013.

To be sure, placing three actual scientists on the committee seems to signal that the society is preparing to put some heat on the so-called consensus.

Cheap Seats, however, suspects that more might be needed.

It would be illuminating to strap the three warming alarmists to polygraphs when they take on the challenging intellectual problem of Al “Fistfull of Petrobucks” Gore’s claim that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2013.

It might have escaped Al’s notice, but it is 2014 and not only is the Arctic still icy, but the ice cover is growing, not shrinking.

Cheap Seats thinks it would be appropriate for the physical society to make amends and correct the record. There’s a certain Newtonian justice to the idea of an equal and opposite reaction.

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