Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Major Environmentalist Switches to the Skeptic Side

In today's first post, Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation was featured sharing his views in a recent interview.  In this post, we highlight the recent decision of Lennart Bengtsson, a major player in the enviro wars making the decision, at age 77 no less, to switch to the skeptics camp.  In fact, he has joined the GWPF Academic Advisory Council.  Here's an excerpt from a GWPF announcement of the move:
Gradually, however, the ice seems to be melting – if not at the polar caps, then at least in the climate debates: for the first time, a widely recognized expert has changed camps. Lennart Bengtsson , the Swedish climatologist, meteorologist and former director of the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, has now joined the GWPF’s academic advisory council.

After his decision was announced Bengtsson was attacked, says Lawson, which shows what kind of emotions the issue can still generate. The reason cited by the 77-year-old scientist for his decision comes in bone-dry scientific language: The relationship between greenhouse gases and global warming was “complex and only partially understood,” Bengtsson wrote in a commentary for the Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung.