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Case Closed?

Started by kmichaelm, 01/03/2008 02:30PM
Posted 01/03/2008 02:30PM | Edited 01/03/2008 02:31PM Opening Post
Something that summarizes the scientific consensus so far and worth reading no matter what your stance, by a former Greenhouse effect skeptic:

Case Closed: The Debate about Global Warming is Over

Climate Change, Energy Security, Environment, Global Environment, Technology

Gregg Easterbrook, Visiting Fellow, Governance Studies

Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution

Here's the short version of everything you need to know about global warming. First, the consensus of the scientific community has shifted from skepticism to near-unanimous acceptance of the evidence of an artificial greenhouse effect. Second, while artificial climate change may have some beneficial effects, the odds are we're not going to like it. Third, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may turn out to be much more practical and affordable than currently assumed.

This brief will address the three points above and, in an appendix, offer non-jargon explanations of the most important recent findings of greenhouse science. But the pressing point of this briefing is not so much scientific as it is practical—that action against artificial global warming may not prove nearly as expensive or daunting as commonly believed. Greenhouse gases are an air pollution problem, and all air pollution problems of the past have cost significantly less to fix than projected, while declining faster than expected. This gives cause to hope that artificial greenhouse gases can be controlled reasonably cheaply and without wrenching sacrifices to the global economy. And if there is a chance of an economical approach to greenhouse-gas reduction, then what are we waiting for? Let's start now.

Posted 01/06/2008 12:09AM #1
The debate is not over. Science is not done by consensus. I keep saying it, because it's still true. I posted this link in another thread, but here it is again, in case you didn't see it: It is a list of 500 skeptical scientists, their home institutions, and the peer reviewed papers that they've had printed in major journals. I find it hard to believe that supposedly smart, educated people believe that the science is done, and that a consensus exists. How foolish. Here's a newspaper article concerning "scientific consensus" There's a difference between scientific opinion, and opinions of scientists.