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Intolerance of the leftist climate scientist

Dissent will not be tolerated. They are not interested in science, they are interested in money and power. If you question their results you are out of the club. The climate scientist are from the same group that assured us if you like your plan you can keep your plan. Period.



A globally-renowned  climate scientist has been forced to step down from a think-tank after he was  subjected to 'Mc-Carthy'-style pressure from scientists around the world.

Professor Lennart  Bengtsson, 79, a leading academic from the University of Reading, left the  high-profile Global Warming Policy Foundation as a result of the threats, which  he described as 'virtually unbearable'.

The group was set up by  former Tory Chancellor Lord Lawson and are sceptical about radical policy  changes aimed at combating global warming.

The Swedish  climatologist, who has published more than 200 papers, said he received hundreds  of emails from colleagues criticising his decision to switch to the  organisation.

His 'defection' was  described as the biggest switch from the pro-climate change lobby to the sceptic  camp to date.

He was also abused on  science blogs, with one describing the people who condemned him as 'respectable'  and that his actions amounted to 'silliness'.

Another described him as  a 'crybaby'.

However, the main  pressure came from the US, where a government employee refused to be a co-author  on a paper because of his links to the controversial group.

Prof Bengtsson, who had  only been in the position for three weeks, told Mail Online: 'There were quite a  lot of people who were upset when I joined GWPF.

'I received emails from  colleagues all over the world telling me it was a "questionable"  group.

'But what made me the  most upset was when a colleague from the US resigned as co-author of a paper,  simply because I was involved.

'I thought joining the  organisation would provide a platform for me to bring more common sense into the  global climate change debate.

'I have been very  concerned about tensions in the climate change community between activists and  people who have questions.





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Re: Intolerance of the leftist climate scientist

second line from the bottom got him in trouble---he wanted to use common sense

interesting interview


SPIEGEL ONLINE: But weren't you one of the alarmists 20 years ago? Do you think your position at that time was wrong?

Bengtsson: I have not changed my view on a fundamental level. I have never seen myself as an alarmist but rather as a scientist with a critical viewpoint, and in that sense I have always been a skeptic. I have devoted most of my career to developing models for predicting the weather, and in doing so I have learned the importance of validating forecasts against observed weather. As a result, that's an approach I strongly favor for "climate predictions." It's essential to validate model results, especially when dealing with complex systems such as the climate. It's essential do so properly if such predictions are to be considered credible.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: You think there's a need for climate research to do some catching up in this regard?

Bengtsson: It is frustrating that climate science is not able to validate their simulations correctly. Since the end of the 20th century, the warming of the Earth has been much weaker than what climate models show.

SPIEGEL ONLINE: But the IPCC report discusses these problems in detail.

Bengtsson: Yes, the scientific report does this but, at least in my view, not critically enough. It does not bring up the large difference between observational results and model simulations. I have full respect for the scientific work behind the IPCC reports but I do not appreciate the need for consensus. It is important, and I will say essential, that society and the political community is also made aware of areas where consensus does not exist. To aim for a simplistic course of action in an area that is as complex and as incompletely understood as the climate system does not make sense at all in my opinion.


The whole science - politics link of climate change reminds me a great deal of the progressive - eugenics movement of the early 20th century.

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Re: eugenics

I guess progressives really haven't progressed much over the years. They seem to think they, and only they, know what is best for society and how the rest of us should live, right down to whom should be allowed to reproduce. They've been that way for over 100 hundred years.

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A scientific study which suggests global warming has been exaggerated was rejected by a respected journal because it might fuel climate scepticism, it was claimed last night.

The alarming intervention, which raises fears of ‘McCarthyist’ pressure for environmental scientists to conform, came after a reviewer said the research was ‘less than helpful’ to the climate cause.

Professor Lennart Bengtsson, a research fellow at the University of Reading and one of five authors of the study, said he suspected that intolerance of dissenting views on climate science was preventing his paper from being published.