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AGU wimps out

On Monday, the big headline in the Los Angeles Times was, Climate scientists plan campaign against global warming skepticsThe American Geophysical Union plans to announce that 700 researchers have agreed to speak out on the issue. Other scientists plan a pushback against congressional conservatives who have vowed to kill regulations on greenhouse gas emissions.” But the American Geophysical Union did a little pushback of it’s own saying that the story misrepresents their stand.

“In contrast to what has been reported in the LA Times and elsewhere, there is no campaign by AGU against climate skeptics or congressional conservatives,” says Christine McEntee, Executive Director and CEO of the American Geophysical Union. “AGU will continue to provide accurate scientific information on Earth and space topics to inform the general public and to support sound public policy development.”

They’re really just talking about re-instituting their Climate Change Q&A service. Yes, they support the science behind human-induced climate change, but they don’t want to risk pissing off crazy Republicans who are taking the House reins in January. They will answer questions, but they don’t really have enough backbone to take a science-based stance and back up the real science. Meanwhile, climate deniers continue to attack science and scientists in general and the AGU in particular on climate change. And now, after the election, they have a national forum with which to peddle their tripe. Incoming chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, Darrell Issa, has promised to head up multiple investigations into the “climate scandal” including the Climategate crapola that has already been debunked multiple times. In listing his proposed witch hunts, Issa says,

EPA inappropriately limited staff contributions, suppressed dissent, and may have punished those who challenged the Obama Administration’s environmental agenda.

John Shimkus wants the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to push his bible-based science udeas.

“Today we have 388 parts per million in the atmosphere,” he went on. “I believe in the days of the dinosaurs, where we had the most flora and fauna, we were probably at 4,000 parts per million. There is a theological debate that this a carbon-starved planet, not too much carbon.”

Theological debate??? If ever we needed for our scientists to show a little backbone, the time is now;

The data show that between April 2008 and October 2009 — a period that included the passage of a cap-and-trade bill in the House and the beginning of debate on a similar bill in the Senate — the percentage of Americans who believe there is “solid evidence” that the earth is warming fell drastically. In April 2008, 71 percent of Americans believed the earth was warming; in October 2009 that number was 57 percent.

All is not lost. Last week the Geological Society of America met in Denver and they discussed strategies for fighting back against the crazy tea partiers. At least some physical scientists seem to understand what is about to happen. If this is all a giant conspiracy, it’s a doozy.

That humans are causing global warming is the position of the Academies of Science from 19 countries plus many scientific organizations that study climate science. More specifically, around 95% of active climate researchers actively publishing climate papers endorse the consensus position.

End of argument.

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