Probably the most irritating aspect of Stossel’s “report” is a brief clip from An Inconvenient Truth of Al Gore saying, “… sea levels will rise 20 feet.” What’s irritating is that I’ve seen AIT often enough to know that this quote is taken out of context — so much so that Stossel doesn’t even have the honesty to play Al Gore’s entire sentence. What Gore says is that IF the Greenland ice sheet, or the West Antarctic ice sheet, disintegrates, THEN we’ll have 20 feet of sea level rise.
There are a couple more things wrong with Stossel’s report. Stossel:
The media also treat the IPCC as impartial scientists, but Reiter and Christy, who were members of the IPCC, say it is not what the public thinks it is. Many of the people involved in writing its report “are not scientists at all,” Reiter says. “They were essentially activists.” Members of groups like Greenpeace were involved.
I tried to find where Reiter substantiates this, and the best I could come up with was this memorandum where he claims:
It will be interesting to see how the health chapter of the fourth report is written. Only one of the lead authors has ever been a lead author, and neither has ever published on mosquito-borne disease.
It is often stated that the IPCC represents the worlds top scientists. I copy to you the bibliographies of (the two lead authors), as downloaded from MEDLINE. You will observe that (the first) has never written a single article, and (the second) has only authored five articles
I also pointed out that one Lead Author is a “hygienist”, the other is a specialist in fossil faeces, and both have been co-authors on publications by environmental activists.
OK, if we look at the health chapter of AR4 we find that the coordinating lead authors are Ulisses Confalonieri and Bettina Menne. Google Scholar lists 113 articles for Confalonieri. This is more than the zero that Reiter claims. The very first article listed by Google Scholar (with 81 citations) is about mosquito-borne disease, and while Confalonieri has many articles on parasites in coprolites, he also has plenty on tropical diseases.
As for Bettina Menne, Google Scholar lists 105 articles, mainly on the health impacts of climate change. This is more than the five Reiter claims. Menne also has an article on mosquito-borne disease.
I don’t think that Reiter’s claim that the IPCC reports are not written by scientists is credible.
Stossel also writes:
Skeptics like Reiter, Christy, Spencer and Tim Ball, who studies the history of climate change and heads the Natural Resources Stewardship Project, are often smeared as “deniers,” lumped in with Holocaust deniers and accused of being “on the take” from energy businesses.” Gore impugns skeptical scientists by saying “the illusion of a debate has been purchased.”
But the scientists I interviewed don’t get money from business.
But that’s not true. Tim Ball was funded by oil company money that was laundered by U Calgary.