I have a problem with broadside attacks accusing first-rate scientists of exaggerating the climate issue with no real evidence of such. There are more than 9,000 published scientists giving us explicit warnings of the many terrible things that are already beginning to happen around the world and warning us that much more will likely come to our children and to nature in this non-linear climate disaster unless we collectively act fast and at a scale to avoid the worst. I have detailed their many peer-reviewed findings on this FB page over the recent years.
My late friend Dr. Stephen Schneider wrote a book entitled “Science as a Contact Sport” (http://www.amazon.com/Science-Contact-Sport-Inside-Climate/dp/1426205406) about the abuse he and other climate scientists have taken throughout his career. Steve and I were together on a panel in Copenhagen and watched the outrageous rollout of “CLIMATEGATE” the hyped campaign that Faux News and others in the media that was used to successfully derail the climate talks in Copenhagen.
That was a moment of opportunity that we will never get back.
Dr. Michael Mann, one of the scientists who was brutally attacked with parsed email clips and false allegations in the lead-up to Copenhagen, published a book entitled “The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars”http://www.amazon.com/The-Hockey-Stick-Climate-Wars/dp/023115254X. Mann details the many abuses he has taken from fossil fuel powered attacks that were later found to be false by no fewer than five separate science investigations.
Attacking research scientists when what they reveal harms your business interests is not a new thing.
Dr. Herbert Needleman proved that kids were suffering brain damage from lead and Needleman was nearly destroyed with an anonymous and bogus academic complaint orchestrated by the oil and lead industry. (Denworth, L. Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, and the Battle over Lead, Beacon Press, 2009.)
Even before Silent Spring was in print, Rachel Carson was severely attacked for warning us about DDT. Completely ignoring the wonderful recovery of bald eagles and other bird species as DDT was banned, the ridiculous attacks continue fifty years later. (The False Crises of Rachel Carson: Silent Spring at 50)
The tobacco industry criticized several medical doctors and scientists who revealed the link between smoking and health. We now know that the asbestos industry for years suppressed evidence and hampered warnings about asbestos related cancers. I watched a friend die from this pollution-caused disease and it is not pretty. There are deep moral and spiritual implications to misdirecting people in ways that lead to great harm and death. I am growing weary of the climate deniers not just because they diminish the hard work of dedicated researchers but because they are threatening the future of our children by delaying action.