There is no Scientific Controversy

There is plenty of blame to go around when it comes to the denial of science as it relates to anthropogenic (man made) global warming and the resultant effects of climate change. The media bear considerable blame in the shallow attempt to be “balanced” when it comes to reporting on global warming issues.

Reports from prestigious international scientific agencies will report on the risks, then the media will try to provide balance by citing the denial of risks touted by a very small number of flacks for the fossil fuel industries. The perception then of the public is that there is a real controversy.

To make matters worse, various state and federal agencies are in the business of active denial. In North Carolina, state agencies have been banned from using current scientific studies when discussing sea level rise resulting from global warming. In Florida, state agencies have been banned from the use of the words “global warming” and “climate change.” Tennessee and Louisiana have both have laws which relate to the teaching of climate change denial.

At the federal level, congress is attempting to pack certain scientific bodies by limiting participation by real scientists. A bill would essentially pack the Science Advisory Board with “industry experts.”
This board is mandated to advise the Environmental Protection Agency on policy issues. Industry experts with their conflicts of interest will serve to dilute sound decisions guided by independent scientists.

The only real conflict about man made global warming is political, certainly not scientific. Below is a brief listing of the various agencies from the United States and around the world that have spoken forcefully about the risks and reality of climate change. Space limits a complete listing but here are just a few:

National Research Council (USA)
American Meteorological Society
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Physics
American Physical Society
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Academy of Paediatrics
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
European Academy of Sciences and Arts
InterAcademy Council
International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological
Network of African Science Academies
Royal Society of New Zealand
Polish Academy of Sciences
European Science Foundation
Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies
American Geophysical Union
European Federation of Geologists
European Geosciences Union
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of Australia
International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics
National Association of Geoscience Teachers
Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological
Society of London
Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society
Royal Meteorological Society (UK)
World Meteorological Organization
American Quaternary Association
International Union for Quaternary Research
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
American Society for Microbiology
Australian Coral Reef Society
Institute of Biology (UK)
Society of American Foresters
The Wildlife Society (international)
American Academy of Paediatrics
American College of Preventive Medicine
American Medical Association
American Public Health Association
Australian Medical Association
World Federation of Public Health Associations
World Health Organization
American Statistical Association
Engineers Australia (The Institution of Engineers Australia)
International Association for Great Lakes Research
et al.

At the expense of being repetitious, there is no scientific controversy.

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