Last year Inhofe released a list of 400 scientists who disputed mainstream climate science. But as Joe Romm and Andrew Dessler observed, the list was padded with TV weathermen, economists and so on and contained very few actual climate scientists. Now he’s back with more of the same in a new list that adds 250 more names. Update: Joe Romm takes apart the new list. My favorite entry (reproduced in full so you can get the full nutty flavour):

Field Geologist Louis A.G. Hissink is the editor of The Australian Institute of
Geoscientists Newsletter and is currently working on the ore-reserve feasibility study
of the Koongie Park Base Metals project in Western Australia. Hissink, who earned
a masters in geology, recently dissented from man-made climate fears. “The assumption
that humanity, from its burning of hydrocarbons, is raising the surface temperature of the
earth by affecting its greenhouse effect, is not supported by theory nor the physical
evidence. No gas is capable of storing heat so the assumption a gas could is to
misunderstand basic physics and the greenhouse effect,” Hissink told EPW on January
21, 2008. “The global mean temperature derivations from the surface meteorological
stations confuse the thermal state of the measuring instruments with unspecified volumes
of air nor are those temperatures linked to any discrete physical object; in geostatistics
this is known as a data set lacking sample support and no more a metric of the earth’s
thermal state as the mean calculated from the telephone numbers of the meteorological
stations producing the temperature readings,” Hissink explained. “Recent discoveries by
NASA in the area of space exploration show that the earth is connected to the sun
electromagnetically where tens of millions of amperes of electric current are routinely
measured during polar aurora displays by satellites – this enormous source of energy, and
thus heat, is completely ignored as a factor affecting the earth’s thermal balance in global
climate models. It is this electromagnetic connection that underpins the solar factor that
modulates the earth’s climate,” Hissink added.

And that, mind you, is relatively sane for Hissink. Earlier he combined Gavin Menzies with Velikovsky with AGW denial to come up with the worst argument against global warming ever.

Also on the list is this guy, who isn’t a climate scientist and doesn’t even have a job as an economist any more:

John Lott, Jr., who has a Ph.D in economics, is a senior research scientist at the
University of Maryland and has published over 90 articles in academic journals. In
his March 3, 2008, article arguing against man-made climate change, “Global Warming:
Is It Really a Crisis?”, Lott said, “Are global temperatures rising? Surely, they were
rising from the late 1970s to 1998, but “there has been no net global warming since
1998.” Indeed, the more recent numbers show that there is now evidence of significant
cooling […] Mankind is responsible for just a fraction of one percent of the effect from
greenhouse gases, and greenhouse gases are not responsible for most of what causes
warming (e.g., the Sun).”

The difference between weather and climate is just too much for these people to understand.

Update: Joe Romm takes apart the new list.


  1. #1 Mark
    October 1, 2009

    > Anybody with enough money (aka, international central bankers — ring a bell?) can pay anyone with a PhD or any background to say whatever they want.

    Indeed they can, John: and they did.

    Did the PhD’s faking results to prove there’s no link between cancer and smoking ring any bells?

    How about Plimer et al? Where do you think they are getting their retirement money from?

    Someone’s paying The Heartland Institute.

  2. #2 Mark
    October 1, 2009

    >Regarding the Petition Project where 31,478 scientists debunk manmade global warming — the web site outlines the credentials of the petition signers.

    No they don’t.

    They just state that some of them have PhD’s.

    Some of them are dead before the petition was made.

    Some have PhD’s in geology (guess who is the biggest payer of geology students…).

    In no way do they outline their credentials. Just state “9000 have PhD’s!”.

    Read again post 83.

    > Some more hard data for you to chew on…

    > ** Professor Mojib Latif, the leading scientist of the IPCC (the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change) has admitted that the Earth’s temperature has not increased in nine years,

    They are not pertinent. 9 years isn’t significant climatologically.

    See this graph:

    See how many times there’s a 9 year period available that shows no or little warming.

    Did they stop subsequent warming even more?


    Chew on those facts.

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