Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Finally, a Sane Voice About Global Warming: Craig Bohren, Ph.D.

USA Today has been surprising me recently. Yesterday, they published an article by April Holladay called "How to get to the bottom of the global warming debate" that is just about the most well-rounded discussion of the issue I've seen for a while.

Craig Bohren
[Thanks to psu.edu for the photo.]

Professor Bohren has some interesting comments about the economics of science. As contrasted to the GW worry warts, he has no axe to grind and "is not worried about losing or gaining funding based on his opinions." Important qualities for non-bias. Here's a nice quote:

"Skeptics about global warming are often painted as hirelings of the oil and automotive industries. Such claims irritate me. I have never earned a nickel as a consequence of my skepticism. Indeed, I have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars by it. "


"In the atmospheric sciences it is difficult to get grants unless you can somehow tie your work to global warming, that is to say, to scare science."

And another:

"Perhaps some critics of global warming are in the pay of the oil and automotive companies. If so, they should be forthright about this. But so should folks on the other side of the debate. What fraction of their salaries comes from research on global warming?"

Call him a liar if you will, but I think he's credible. Read the article for a nitty-gritty look at what it means to be a professor in today's world. Here is his profile.


Blogger Geoff said...

Craig Bohren is one of the few who understand the thermodynamic nature of gravitationally bound gaseous envelopes. He is a man who should be listened to.

10:52 AM  

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