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Who was Frederick Seitz and why would I care?

I kept seeing these new items popup…

…and never quite connected the dots. When I took a moment to actually read one of the articles I realized now why that name seemed familiar. He was the guy who conned rounded up a number of other global warming skeptics and got them to sign a petition stating that global warming was not only not caused by man but that it isn’t even happening.

I remember looking into this guy a number of years back and found out that he was employed by RJ Reynolds to dispute that smoking does not cause 80-90% of all lung cancers. Oops he picked the wrong side of that debate. But it’s interesting that a doctor would be so misinformed. What’s that? Oh he wasn’t a doctor he was a physicist? Okay that seems a bit of an odd choice of an expert to pick for your medical review committee.

Actually that seems a bit odd that your leading scientist in your list of scientists who deny global warming isn’t even a climatologist or related field. I distinctly remember something smelling fishy about that whole publicity stunt.

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2 Responses

  1. javaboy7962 says:

    It just goes to show that the global warming debate shouldn’t even question the existence of global warming, but rather look at ways to combat it, or find ways of adapting.

    One way to think about global warming is to think of it as climate change. Climate change is a little less scary in the rhetorical sense, but I prefer it because we know climate change has occurred before.

  2. Skeptigator says:

    Yea I don’t really have a problem with people who question these kinds of things. But at a certain point the evidence is in and you have to abandon your belief. This guy fought tooth and nail when it was apparent the science was against him and ended up making an appeal to the public. Like a vote would decide this or something.

    Oh and javaboy you can’t hide your identity from me [insert mad scientist laugh]. I hope to see you at the Freethought Fort Wayne meeting tomorrow evening.

    http://freethoughtfortwayne.org

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