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Monday, January 17, 2005

An honest scientist

Kudos to Chris Landsea, author of the hurricane section of the IPCC climate change assessment, for taking a principled stand and withdrawing from the politicized IPCC rather than be used for their propaganda purposes. Here's his open letter:

I am withdrawing because I have come to view the part of the IPCC to which my expertise is relevant as having become politicized. In addition, when I have raised my concerns to the IPCC leadership, their response was simply to dismiss my concerns. [...]

It is beyond me why my colleagues would utilize the media to push an unsupported agenda that recent hurricane activity has been due to global warming. Given Dr. Trenberth’s role as the IPCC’s Lead Author responsible for preparing the text on hurricanes, his public statements so far outside of current scientific understanding led me to concern that it would be very difficult for the IPCC process to proceed objectively with regards to the assessment on hurricane activity.

I've always wondered why more scientists don't speak out when others engage in such blatant propaganda exercises. It's good to see at least one honest scientist speak out.

Posted by Kevin Jaeger on January 17, 2005 in Science | Permalink

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