'The academy invited the former and current science advisers to the U.S. presidents to a symposium. All of the attendants turned out to be Democrats who served for Democrats, starting from Frank Press who served for Jimmy Carter'
Gingrich: 'And I'd say to NAS don't assume that a vote by renowned scientists is necessarily true
Rebuttal: 'Believe it or not, the NAS does not opine on science. NAS does not pass judgment on scientific issues. Indeed, there is no mechanism to do so. The NAS has an affiliate called National Research Council...produces reports of varying quality that represent consensus views of the panels'
NAS' NRC: 'Our climate specialists assist federal, regional, and international agencies with development of climate change policy'
Climatologist Pielke Sr. Slams: 'It is clear that the NRC has elected to be an advocate on a particular perspective with respect to climate, and the human role, rather than serving as a facilitator which permits the assessment of the diversity of scientifically supported viewpoints on this issue'
Report 'blatantly political': NAS report is 'designed to be used by unelected regulators as scientific cover for what our legislature refuses to do, which is to enact expensive and intrusive restrictions on emissions of Co2' -- Several authors are environmental activists, and the National Academies' President, Ralph Cicerone, has been on a mission to demonize carbon dioxide for decades'
'Prior to publishing the NAS/NRC report, 19 of 23 made statements claiming global warming is a human induced problem and/or we need to take action to reduce CO2. That means 83% of panel was clearly and obviously biased before being selected. To claim that a report from such a small panel, comprised primarily of non-climate scientists and environmental activists, is objective and scientifically authoritative is a joke'
CNN: France is set to ban short domestic flights in favor of train services, after lawmakers approved a plan that will see several air routes discontinued to reduce emissions. MPs voted late on Saturday to some suspend some flights by domestic airlines that can be made by train in less than two-and-a-half hours, as part of a wider climate bill. If the bill passes through France's upper house, the Senate, France will join a number of European countries seeking to move away from short flights. ... Left-wing MP Danièle Obono said the government's plan to move away from a four-hour limit would "save the three routes that emit the most greenhouse gas: Paris-Nice, Paris-Toulouse, (and) Paris-Marseille." ... Last year, Austria's flagship airline was ordered to replace one of its flights with a more frequent train service, in order to meet the environmental criteria of its government bailout.
Climate Depot's Morano: "You were warned! How long until the climate demands include the banning of private automobile travel when mass transit is available?"
Pierre L. Gosselin of the No Tricks Zone reacts: "USA morphing into communist East Germany! Back then citizens required to apply for a "Ausreisegenehmigung" (permission to travel abroad) if they wanted to travel out of country. Now it's to be taken a step further by new Marxists: Even domestic travel has to be permitted!"
Lindzen & Happer: "Crusaders will continue to retort that “the science is settled; it is time to act!” But real science is never settled, nor is scientific truth determined by consensus or political diktats. Agreement with observations is the measure of scientific truth." ... "The frenzy over climate resembles the medieval crusades against foreign infidels and home-grown heretics. There is even a children’s climate crusade." ...
"We are both scientists who can attest that the research literature does not support the claim of a climate emergency. Nor will there be one. None of the lurid predictions — dangerously accelerating sea-level rise, increasingly extreme weather, more deadly forest fires, unprecedented warming, etc. — are any more accurate than the fire-and-brimstone sermons used to stoke fanaticism in medieval crusaders." ...
"So far, climate crusaders have refrained from vilifying water vapor and clouds, which make the largest contribution to greenhouse warming of the earth. Carbon dioxide, demonized as “carbon pollution,” is an improbable villain." ... "More carbon dioxide is likely to cause some surface warming. But the warming would be small and benign. In fact, history shows that warmings of a few degrees Celsius — which extended growing seasons — have been good for humanity. The golden age of classical Roman civilization occurred during a warm period. Cooling periods, which were accompanied by barbarian invasions, famines, and plagues, have been bad. Neither contemporary observations nor the geological record support computer-based claims that CO2 is the “control knob” for the earth’s climate."