Climate Change Skeptics Winning Awards?

Photo by Matt Brown of 100 actively publishing climate scientists, 97 agree with the overwhelming evidence that humans are causing climate change. Of the remaining three percent, two percent are still skeptical, while just one percent believe humans are not causing climate change.

Who are these scientific outliers? Well, wonder no more. Exxon-funded think tank, the Heartland Institute, “the primary American organization pushing climate change skepticism” according to the New York Times, is honoring two of these guys at its International Conference on Climate Change taking place in Las Vegas on July 7-9, 2014.

(Note that the Heartland Institute has also been hired by Philip Morris to question the negative health effects of second hand smoke.)

These Are Their Award-Winning “Scientists”?

Dr. Arthur B. Robinson is receiving the “Voice of Reason Award” for organizing the Petition Project, a statement firmly rejecting climate change. He is currently working at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, a “scientific” institute he founded. (Of the eight faculty members listed, two are Robinson’s sons and two are dead.) Along with denying climate science, he also believes that nuclear radiation is good for you, the well-known, extremely-toxic, pesticide DDT should never have been banned, and public schools are a form of “nationalized child-abuse.”

“Dr. Robinson is a hero not just among global warming skeptics, but among many working scientists, engineers, and concerned citizens who have long sought his advice and insights on a wide range of scientific and energy-related issues,” said Joseph Bast, president of the Heartland Institute.

Well, Dr. Robinson is definitely a hero for Exxon.

Dr. Roy Spencer is receiving the “Outstanding Evangelical Climate Scientist Award.” At first glance he’s not nearly as crazy as Dr. Robinson — he’s currently a principal research scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville and was formerly a senior scientist for climate studies at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. But that doesn’t mean he’s got a good grasp on science.

The scientific community has pointed to errors in Dr. Spencer’s analysis of satellite data — an analysis that he has used to show that data from satellites doesn’t show the global warming that the surface temperature data does. And his climate-denying paper published in an open-access, online journal in 2011, received wide-spread criticism from scientists.

“He has taken an incorrect model, he’s tweaked it to match observations, but the conclusions you get from that are not correct,” said Dr. Andrew Desller, a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University.

Dr. Spencer also dismisses the science behind evolution. In the book The Evolution Crisis, Spencer wrote, “I finally became convinced that the theory of creation actually had a much better scientific basis than the theory of evolution, for the creation model was actually better able to explain the physical and biological complexity in the world. […] Science has startled us with many discoveries and advances, but it has hit a brick wall in its attempt to rid itself of the need for a creator and designer.”

Science is Science, Facts are Facts

Most scientists — and by that, I mean 97 percent of scientists — understand that climate change is caused by too much carbon pollution that gets trapped in Earth’s atmosphere. The carbon pollution comes from a lot of sources including coal plants, oil refineries, plastic factories, farting cows, and breathing humans. And because we’re also destroying resources that absorb the carbon pollution, there is no where for it to go and it gets trapped.

If we live more respectfully — as the Bible tells us to do — then we can reduce the amount of carbon pollution in the air. This is something a lot of religious organizations and religious scientists advocate. It’s not just some weird, political game concocted by a bunch of evil liberals. (Because why would a lot of pot smoking, free-loving, moral-less hippies want a bigger government anyway?)

There is no reason why these two men should be receiving any awards. They are not good scientists because their data fails to withstand the rigors of peer review. And they are not good Christians — as they both call themselves — because they are not acting to safeguard God’s creation for future generations.

But then again, Exxon and Philip Morris don’t care about science and God. They just care about dollars.

News Source: Digital Journal

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