Well this is sort of like what he said in reverse. But the problem with global warming is it would only hurt American companies , the Chinese and Russians wouldn't follow, because it isn't economically viable. But we are seeing it happen and it will get worse 2012 being the hottest year on record.<quoted text>
Oddly enough, considering the RR is citing the book to support his usually conservative point of view, Merchants of Doubt was written to expose the role of conservative contrarian scientists is slowing popular and political recognition of climate change as an issue long after a consensus had been reached on it among scientists in the fields that study it. The Wikipedia article on the book sums it up thus:
Oreskes and Conway write that a handful of politically conservative scientists, with strong ties to particular industries, have "played a disproportionate role in debates about controversial questions". The book states that these scientists have challenged the scientific consensus about the dangers of smoking, the effects of acid rain, the existence of the ozone hole, and the existence of anthropogenic climate change. The authors write that this has resulted in "deliberate obfuscation" of the issues which has had an influence on public opinion and policy-making. Oreskes and Conway reach the conclusion that:
There are many reasons why the United States has failed to act on global warming, but at least one is the confusion raised by Bill Nierenberg, Fred Seitz, and Fred Singer.
All three are physicists: Singer was a rocket scientist, whereas Nierenberg and Seitz worked on the atomic bomb. Oreskes and Conway state: "small numbers of people can have large, negative impacts, especially if they are organised, determined and have access to power".
So the pressure from moneyed interests comes from scientists who work in relatively unrelated fields, but use their credentials to assail the work of scientists whose expertise exceeds their own. Kinda like the pattern we see in the opposition to the ToE and Big Bang theory.
Will this continue on a warming trend?
If it does we could see polar melt way sooner than all predictions.
But I have seen where they went there and they are dissipating so fast , because of subterranean rivers boring huge caverns and small state sized chunks breaking away.
I hate to think what it could lead too.