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Friday, 29 February 2008


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A meterologist is not a climatologist, sorry. Two different things.

Morning, Joe, and I trust things are not too torrid where-ever you are!

Your point, I would suggest, is obscure. Are you suggesting that no one who is not in receipt of a degree in 'climatology' may be listened to in this debate? If so, strike Dr. James Hansen off the list even if he is the leader of the 'warming' pack:

"Hansen was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. He obtained a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics"

Equally, under your departmentalised scheme of scientific enquiry we should ignore a man who is one of the most pre-eminent of scientists, Freeman Dyson, who is exceedingly doubtful on the subject:

"[Dyson] is a British-born American, theoretical physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum field theory, solid-state physics, and nuclear engineering."

Perhaps you go further and suggest that no-one without what you would call the proper qualifications may make any comment to this subject, or at least, that if they do, they should be resolutely ignored? Just sit back and take the word of the experts, eh, Joe?

Well, it's a point of view, I suppose, but in my life I have lost count of the number of 'experts' who have been proved utterly and completely wrong on all sorts of subjects. I like to think that it is sceptism that has kept me going all these years!

Reginald Newell of MIT was one of the world's 2 or 3 most respected climatologists at the time of his death in 2003, someone who had been studying global warming for more than 25 years. He was also a persistent global warming skeptic, even though it cost him federal funding

Joel, thanks for your comment and I have saved your two links for later.

However, you may be able to answer another question which intrigues me. Yesterday I suddenly received about 30 hits originating from the '' site which linked to this particular post of mine back in Feb 2008. Obviously you were one of them, hence your comment, but have you any idea where this sudden burst of interest comes from? I am intrigued!

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