Global Warming: Science or Politics?

The next time someone argues that global warming alarmism is driven by science, refer them to the sad case of Mitchell Taylor, a polar bear research expert who was recently uninvited to the Polar Bear Specialist Group at the upcoming Copenhagen meeting. The reason? Mitchell does not share the prevailing opinion on the cause of global warming. An excerpt from the letter informing him of the decision:

I do believe, as do many Polar Bear Specialist Group (PBSG) members, that for the sake of polar bear conservation, views that run counter to human induced climate change are extremely unhelpful. In this vein, your positions and statements in the Manhattan Declaration, the Frontier Institute, and the Science and Public Policy Institute are inconsistent with positions taken by the PBSG. . . .

Nothing I heard had to do with your science on harvesting or your research on polar bears – it was the positions you’ve taken on global warming that brought opposition.

In other words, politics trumps science. When political considerations shape the scientific debate, truth is the first casualty.

Some day the current global warming scare will be taught in universities as a good example of how not to do science.


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