The UnAustralian

Tuesday, April 27, 2004
A Very Sad Site

While most global warming skeptics don't have a particular deep understanding of the science behind climate change, there are a small handfull of skeptics who do, and tell the others what to believe. Fred Singer is one of these few. So it's interesting to read this interview with him.

While the majority of it is simply Singer acting holier than thou, what is interesting is the basic research which Singer appears to be complete unaware of or is simply ignoring because it doesn't fit his agenda. For example, Singer states:

I belong to the latter school, as I say, and what we do is analyze the data. Just now we have a new result. It's been known for a long time that the weather satellites do not show any warming, but the first group tends to neglect this information. They argue that the weather satellites have only been around for 25 years and that's too short a time to tell. It's a specious argument. Or they say there's something wrong with the weather satellites, though they haven't been able to show that there's anything at all wrong with them.

Actually the data from the "weather satellites" has been analysed by four different research groups. All of these groups have found, contrary to Singers assertion, that there is warming. This is hardly news, so if Singer is unaware of it (details have appeared for years all over the scientific literature) it is a very poor reflection on how Singer keeps up with the scientific literature. The alternative, of course, is that the Singer is aware of the research, but simply chooses to ignore it.

I think that best way of rounding up of this post, is to quote from the start of the article.

Fred Singer established the Science & Environmental Policy Project (SEPP) in 1990 after becoming fed up with what he calls "the distorted science" surrounding the question of atmospheric ozone depletion. Singer is a scientist. His undergraduate degree is in electrical engineering and he has a doctorate in physics from Princeton University. He has spent a lifetime in scientific research and development. So it is not surprising that bad science gets Singer excited and arouses his concern.

The ozone debate has receded and no longer is in the headlines. "It may come back, who knows?" Singer tells Insight. His chief interest now, when it comes to distorted science, is global warming.

Yes, the ozone debate has receded. And Singer was wrong.

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