Friday, June 08, 2007

No consensus

Just as George W. Bush has joined the right-thinking Europeans on global warming (or outfoxed them, according to the WSJ's Kimberly Stroessel, June 8, p. A16), the Heartland Institute has released its Scientific Consensus on Global Warming: Results Of An International Survey Of Climate Scientists.

There is (gasp) a diversity of views (as with most good science), befitting an extremely complex set of questions.

Most of 530 the scientists from 27 agreed that there is global warming but majorities also agreed that 10-year of 100-year predictions are not possible. The full set of responses to the 99 questions posed are worth looking at -- especially in light of the smug and widespread contention that the discussion is over. The latter has been the standard position of true believers for centuries.