Sigh - this is the same old and tired propaganda that gets regurgitated over and over by those with a vested interest in denial of climate change.
Interesting list of scientists in that "Report" - funny how it only includes TWO Americans, isn't it?
Let's take a closer look at a couple of "scientists" named by the Republican Report:
Vincent Gray - New Zealand - listed in the Minority Member report as
"IPCC reviewer and climate researcher Dr. Vincent Gray, an expert reviewer on every single draft of the IPCC reports going back to 1990 and author of The Greenhouse Delusion: A Critique of "Climate Change 2001"
A "climate researcher"? REALLY?http://www.desmogblog.com/node/1215
A search of 22,000 academic journals shows that Gray has never been published in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change. Gray has published peer-reviewed scientific work on coal with the last article being published 17 years ago.
Gray and the NRSP
Listed as a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Natural Resource Stewardship Project (NRSP), a lobby organization that refuses to disclose it's funding sources. The NRSP is led by executive director Tom Harris and Dr. Tim Ball. An Oct. 16, 2006 CanWest Global news article on who funds the NRSP, it states that "a confidentiality agreement doesn't allow him [Tom Harris] to say whether energy companies are funding his group.
And... look at his photo.... why is it that all of these climate change "scientist" skeptics are all at least 80 years old?
Next up - one of the two Americans on the list, David Wojick.
He's listed in the Minority Report as
"Dr. David Wojick is a UN IPCC expert reviewer, who earned his PhD in Philosophy of Science and co-founded the Department of Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie-Mellon University"
Not exactly a climate scientist either, is he? But at least he looks like he's only in his 70s....http://www.desmogblog.com/node/1115
David Wojick -Coal Industry Consultant
Wojick has been described as a journalist and policy analyst. According to a search of 22,000 academic journals, Wojick has not published any research in a peer-reviewed journal on the subject of climate change.
Wojick was a "scientific advisor" for a now-defunct industry front group called the Greening Earth Society, created by the Western Fuels Association, a large US coal industry association.
In his role as a "policy analyist," Wojick's client list includes: AES Corporation, one of the largest electrical generation companies, with much of that in the form of coal, and Allegheny Energy, a company that generates 95% of its power from coal.
Wojick was a columnist for the Electricity Daily, a now-defunct electrical industry trade magazine.
Wojick is listed as contributing editor to Environment and Climate News, a publication of the Heartland Institute, a US think tank at the forefront of the attack on climate change science. Heartland has received over half a million in funding from ExxonMobil, the largest oil company in the world.
It seems we're always hearing from the same group of "scientists" speaking out as "skeptics" on MMGW who have been directly paid by coal and oil companies.
They are also mostly very OLD, retired or semi-retired, and are not actively engaged in climate research of any kind.
You are free to draw your own conclusions as to their motives and credibility.