Sceptics in the White House
This Salon article has a pretty good roundup of the organisations promoting global warming “scepticism”, including funding sources.
For those more interested in the real science on this topic, I’ve run across an excellent hyperlinked resource entitled The Discovery of Global Warming. While the title makes the author’s viewpoint pretty clear, the treatment is admirably balanced. a very short summary
In the summer of 1988, the hottest on record, scientists’ claims that the Earth’s warming was already detectable focused public concern. But the many scientific uncertainties, and the sheer complexity of climate, made for vehement political debate over what actions, if any, governments should take.
Scientists intensified their research, organizing programs on an international scale. The world’s governments created a panel to give the best possible advice, negotiated among thousands of officials and climate experts. Around the end of the century the panel managed to establish a consensus with only a few dissenters. They announced that although the climate system was so complex that complete certainty would never be reached, it was much more likely than not that our civilization faced severe global warming.
I was particularly interested in the treatment of solar variability, a topic that’s been debated at length in the blogosphere.
The crucial para
The import of the claim that solar variations influenced climate was now reversed. Critics had used the claim to attack regulation of greenhouse gases. But if the planet reacted with such extreme sensitivity to almost imperceptible changes in the radiation arriving from the sun, the planet had to be comparably sensitive to greenhouse gas interference with the radiation once it entered the atmosphere.
All the essays are extensively hyperlinked, and the references are both extensive and wide-ranging.