Monday, March 13, 2006

Richard S. Lindzen

Thanks to Envirospin I got notice of this draft paper (in pdf form and available for download) by Richard S. Lindzen, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Sciences at M.I.T.

I have since read its 24 pages and have to say that this is essential reading for anyone who enters the climate change debate. It would be easy for me to pick a few quotes but I believe it would be better to read the entire article. There are some serious implications about the impact of global warming on the scientific community itself, and in particular on the issue of research funding. Lindzen includes this graphic to illustrate the triangular relationship between science media and politics (I reproduce it in the hope that it will induce you to download the article and read it):

2 Comments:

Blogger christovich79 said...

nice graphic

2:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lindzen is an oil man. Ross Gelbspan reported in 1995 that Lindzen "charges oil and coal interests $2,500 a day for his consulting services; his 1991 trip to testify before a Senate committee was paid for by Western Fuels, and a speech he wrote, entitled 'Global Warming: the Origin and Nature of Alleged Scientific Consensus,' was underwritten by OPEC." ("The Heat is On: The warming of the world's climate sparks a blaze of denial," Harper's magazine, December 1995.)

His cartoon should show "Make misleading statements" "Industry uses statements to mislead public" "Government refuses to fund meaningful research"

12:37 AM  

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