Steve Zilliox (May 5 letter to the editor) wrongly claimed I “castigated Steve Lucksted as gullible.”
I did not. My comment was in reference to others who believe the erroneous claim (by Luckstead, et al.) that the science is settled and therefore support bankrupting our economy to fight a nonexistent crisis.
I’ve very much enjoyed Luckstead’s interesting U-B columns but his response to my letter in which he stated that his (UN/IPCC) sources are of “higher standard” than mine (“Follow the money for answers, April 26) is simply untrue.
Yes, let’s follow the money. Billions in government grants have biased research. Evidence is sought to support a predetermined theory using manipulated data (see Climategate).
A human nature factor is also at play whereby those who’ve pushed the human-caused warming hypothesis hesitate recanting long-held positions based upon faulty computer modeling and Mann’s discredited “hockey stick” graph that Edward Wegman exposed (as mentioned by “Rock Doc” E. Kirsten Peters in her excellent new book, “The Whole Story of Climate”: the nature of endless change).
For an example of IPCC duplicity, read “The Delinquent Teenager” (who was mistaken for the world’s top climate expert) by Donna Laframboise.
“Climate Change Reconsidered” (claimed to be funded by fossil fuel companies by Luckstead), was reviewed by 35 listed scientists from the U.S., Italy, Australia, U.K., Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, Poland, Estonia, Canada, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Norway, Spain and Germany. References too numerous to list are cited in this book’s 60 sections. To claim all scientists who deny human CO2 emissions work for Big Oil is a canard.
Indeed, achieving truth about this issue requires reliable sources of research. Over 12 years I’ve invested in a personal library of 71 books collectively containing a vast number of scientific references and sources that include titles of papers, dates published, author bio data and credentials. Compiled, the names and bio information alone would fill a separate book.
Professor Murry Salby, in a 2011 speech at Sydney Institute (tiny.cc/0dhdww), demonstrated why human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide cannot affect climate change/global warming.
Asked about the need for a carbon tax, he replied, “The duty of a scientist is not to instruct the public what it should do ... that’s the work of an advocate (perhaps masquerading as a scientist). A scientist’s duty is to equip the public with physical insight into reality.”
That reality is: The science is not settled.