Tuesday 02/19/13 Batchelor Fourth Hour

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Hour Four

Tuesday  20 Feb 2013 / Hour 4, Block A:  Flavia Krause-Jackson, Bloomberg,  in re: Climate Change’s Links to Conflict Draws UN Attention

Tuesday  20 Feb 2013 / Hour 4, Block B:  Michael Smith, Bloomberg Markets, South American reporter, in re:  South Americans Face Upheaval in Deadly Water Battles

Tuesday  20 Feb 2013 / Hour 4, Block C:  Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack.com, in re: NASA mission control in Houston has lost all communications with ISS. Communications are still possible each orbit for short periods with Moscow


Tuesday  20 Feb 2013 / Hour 4, Block D:   Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack.com, in re: Consensus! A new poll of Earth scientists has found that a majority are skeptical of human-caused global warming.

Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies. By contrast, a strong majority of the 1,077 respondents believe that nature is the primary cause of recent global warming and/or that future global warming will not be a very serious problem.

This is fun to note, but this poll is as worthless in determining the climate of the Earth as every previous poll that said the opposite. What matters is the data. However, this quote about the poll is significant: One interesting aspect of this new survey is the unmistakably alarmist bent of the survey takers. They frequently use terms such as “denier” to describe scientists who are skeptical of an asserted global warming crisis, and they refer to skeptical scientists as “speaking against climate science” rather than “speaking against asserted climate projections.” Accordingly, alarmists will have a hard time arguing the survey is biased or somehow connected to the ‘vast right-wing climate denial machine.’

Another interesting aspect of this new survey is that it reports on the beliefs of scientists themselves rather than bureaucrats who often publish alarmist statements without polling their member scientists. We now have meteorologists, geoscientists and engineers all reporting that they are skeptics of an asserted global warming crisis, yet the bureaucrats of these organizations frequently suck up to the media and suck up to government grant providers by trying to tell us the opposite of what their scientist members actually believe