Christy/Schlesinger Debate, Part II

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on February 16, 2009

I had intended to return to this point when I originally posted about this debate last week, but time got away from me. Thankfully, my colleague Roy Cordato brought it up today:

During the question and answer session of last week’s William Schlesinger/John Christy global warming debate, (alarmist) Schlesinger was asked how many members of United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were actual climate scientists. It is well known that many, if not most, of its members are not scientists at all. Its president, for example, is an economist. This question came after Schlesinger had cited the IPCC as an authority for his position. His answer was quite telling. First he broadened it to include not just climate scientists but also those who have had “some dealing with the climate.” His complete answer was that he thought, “something on the order of 20 percent have had some dealing with climate.” In other words, even IPCC worshiper Schlesinger now acknowledges that 80 percent of the IPCC membership had absolutely no dealing with the climate as part of their academic studies.

This shatters so much of the alarmists’ claim, as they almost always appeal to the IPCC as their ultimate authority. Slain.

Dennis Baltuskonis February 18, 2009 at 4:00 am

Very good! These types of questions need to be aired publicly because they really EXPOSE the predjudicies of the AGW alarmists crowd.

Another good question would be something like; "Please tell us which precise piece of scientific evidence, when you heard it, convinced YOU that "man-made global warming" (or whatever name you wisk to give it) was REAL?

Their answer, since no undisputed evidence FOR the AGW THEORY has been found, should be quite telling.

S.E. Hendriksen February 18, 2009 at 9:00 am

How many of the lead authors and authors was actually 'authors'?

1,2 ot 10 % ????

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