Have you ever seen a mainstream media report on a Conservative proposal that did not include an "expert" or opinion leader brought in to take the idea down a peg? Whether it be a "leading economist" to challenge the numbers, or a "prominent doctor" to question the efficacy. It is virtually automatic. Defenders of the media would argue that such is just good reporting. Questioning assertions is part of the job. Yes it is. Yes it is indeed.
Yet in the world of AGW, it simply doesn't happen. Being the quintessential leftist cause of the day, no matter how big the name, no matter what the credentials, statements of prominent scientists questioning AGW have been simply blacked-out from coverage.
If you go to the U.S. minority Senate report, you will see an incredible number of world leading scientists, openly questioning the science behind AGW. The quotes are startling, as are the names, who include IPCC scientists. Most amazing is the fact that this list is not new. It's been building for years now. Here are just of few:
“I am a skeptic…Global warming has become a new religion.” - Nobel Prize Winner for Physics, Ivar Giaever.
“Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receiving any funding, I can speak quite frankly….As a scientist I remain skeptical...The main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system.” - Atmospheric Scientist Dr. Joanne Simpson, the first woman in the world to receive a PhD in meteorology, and formerly of NASA, who has authored more than 190 studies and has been called “among the most preeminent scientists of the last 100 years.”
Warming fears are the “worst scientific scandal in the history…When people come to know what the truth is, they will feel deceived by science and scientists.” - UN IPCC Japanese Scientist Dr. Kiminori Itoh, an award-winning PhD environmental physical chemist.
“The IPCC has actually become a closed circuit; it doesn’t listen to others. It doesn’t have open minds… I am really amazed that the Nobel Peace Prize has been given on scientifically incorrect conclusions by people who are not geologists.” - Indian geologist Dr. Arun D. Ahluwalia at Punjab University and a board member of the UN-supported International Year of the Planet.
“So far, real measurements give no ground for concern about a catastrophic future warming.” - Scientist Dr. Jarl R. Ahlbeck, a chemical engineer at Abo Akademi University in Finland, author of 200 scientific publications and former Greenpeace member.
There are hundreds more. Hundreds.
Each one could have garnered headlines. None did. Not individually, not collectively. Think of this repressed list the next time you read the words "scientists agree" in the next press offering on AGW.