Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Royal Society Says "Maybe Oops!" About Global Warming

From Thomas Lifson at American Thinker comes this helpful summary of recent events at the Royal Society in London entitled: "Global Warming Theory Challenged by Top UK Scientific Body."
"The Royal Society, Britain's version of the US National Academy of Sciences, has been forced by climate dissidents to officially review its previous statements in unquestioning support of global warming theory. The Times of London reports:
Britain's premier scientific institution is being forced to review its statements on climate change after a rebellion by members who question mankind's contribution to rising temperatures.

The Royal Society has appointed a panel to rewrite the 350-year-old institution's official position on global warming. It will publish a new "guide to the science of climate change" this summer. The society has been accused by 43 of its Fellows of refusing to accept dissenting views on climate change and exaggerating the degree of certainty that man-made emissions are the main cause.

The society appears to have conceded that it needs to correct previous statements. It said: "Any public perception that science is somehow fully settled is wholly incorrect - there is always room for new observations, theories, measurements." This contradicts a comment by the society's previous president, Lord May, who was once quoted as saying: "The debate on climate change is over."
Marc Marano of Climate Depot headlines it: "Dam breaks." However, James Delingpole of the UK Telegraph, a leading skeptic, calls it "too little too late." The Royal Society's statement on the review is found here."
The climb down continues. The problem for many scientific bodies is how to reverse their climate alarmism without shredding all of their credibility. I'd suggest that the faster they do it, the better they look. I also think that they should quietly convey to government officials the intelligence that a policy change will be necessary sooner or later so they might want to start preparing by distancing themselves from the most extreme eco-fascist rhetoric.

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