Global Warming: Man or Myth?

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Journal Nature: US Congress has entered the intellectual wilderness

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It is hard to escape the conclusion that the US Congress has entered the intellectual wilderness, a sad state of affairs in a country that has led the world in many scientific arenas for so long. Global warming is a thorny problem, and disagreement about how to deal with it is understandable. It is not always clear how to interpret data or address legitimate questions. Nor is the scientific process, or any given scientist, perfect. But to deny that there is reason to be concerned, given the decades of work by countless scientists, is irresponsible.

This is a brief excerpt from an editorial titled Into ignorance that appears in the journal Nature.  Please read the entire piece.

Written by Scott Mandia

March 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

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  1. Good post, Scott. In my opinion, it’s not that our legislators are so moronic that they can’t understand climate change but that what motivates them is not intellectual honesty but simply wanting to hang on to their seats. In this light, the less said about cimate change the better….It is, alas, a poisoned chalice in American politics.

    Hunt Janin

    March 17, 2011 at 12:25 am

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    Terry Mock

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