Sunday, March 09, 2008

Question Consensus

“Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled.” -- Michael Crichton

Apparently many of the scientists attending the 2008 International Conference on Climate Change, just concluded in New York City, decided to take seriously all those “Question Authority” bumper stickers they noticed when sightseeing near Columbia University.

American Thinker contributor, Marc Sheppard attended the conference, and writes a lengthy piece about it. He happily reports that “the struggle against the ravages of warming alarmism is not only alive, but healthier than ever”:

Granting a long overdue forum to noted dissenting scientists, economists and policy experts from around the world, the Heartland Institute-sponsored symposium at the Marriott Marquis offered welcomed reasoned analysis as alternative to last December's hysterical circus which was Bali. It also served as the perfect launch point for a long-awaited un-IPCC report -- Nature, Not Human Activity, Rules the Climate: Summary for Policymakers of the Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change [PDF].

Sheppard’s thorough article, “NY Climate Conference: Journey to the Center of Warming Sanity,” can be seen here.

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