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Friday, January 28, 2005

Apocalypse No

John Brignell's notes on the one day conference organised by the Scientific Alliance in London yesterday make interesting reading.

Should we, I wonder, be as pessimistic as Professor Lindzen who is quoted as saying

If the funding is all on one side, there will inevitably soon be no scientists on the other side.?

I think that truth will always be of interest to the dissident minority, and unfunded non-standard climate science research will continue, if necessary, behind locked doors. Unless the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis is broadly correct (which I doubt), exceptions and anomalies will pile up and ultimately the consensus will crumble, no matter how well-funded. Let's hope this happens before politicians, ever eager to intervene, have embarked on a ruinous programme.


At 30 January 2005 at 12:01, Blogger Jorgen said...

>truth will always be of interest to the dissident minority

Yes, but the universities will press their researchers for papers and grants to raise their stature so the risk is that their research will turn to other things.


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