“Scientific research is advanced by asking questions and allowing for multiple viewpoints. With so much at stake – our economy, our livelihoods, and our environment – we should be tolerant of differences of opinion.”
“The facts are in dispute about whether significant warming has occurred at all over the past two decades,” he said. “There is a considerable body of scientific work to indicate that there has been no appreciable global temperature rise in the past 15 to 20 years. Anyone who refuses to acknowledge this continuing debate has simply not read all of the material available.”
“I believe the climate has changed numerous times over the course of history and that these changes have happened naturally,” he told McClatchy. “To the extent that there has been some warming over the past century, I do not think it was caused by human activity.”
AP's Seth Borenstein walks media claims back: 'The story also reported that 2014 was the hottest year on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, but did not include the caveat that other recent years had average temperatures that were almost as high — and they all fall within a margin of error that lessens the certainty that any one of the years was the hottest.'
Climate Depot Note: AP is finally conceding that the narrative of the 2014 being the 'hottest year' not only violated scientific methods, but also made a mockery of journalistic ethics. Climate Depot kept up the pressure on the media.
'Conservative climate-change denialism is indeed dangerous, and not just because it threatens coral reefs and polar bears tomorrow. It’s also dangerous because it’s a symptom of a much greater anti-intellectual, anti-science epidemic, one that prioritizes populist punch lines over smart policy and threatens our ability to compete in the global economy today.'