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  •  To be fair... (3+ / 0-)
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    ...Al Gore, who has probably had a more profound impact than any other public figure on this issue, is also not a climate scientist, and in fact if you want to speak strictly to credentials, is much less qualified to speak on climate change authoritatively than Mr. Pielke.  And he actually IS a politician (as opposed to Pielke's Phd. in Political Science). In fact the last I checked the only advanced degree Gore holds is a Bachelor's Degree (and not in a science, which he admits he didn't do well in).

    Yet I don't think there are many people here who would question Gore's credentials to speak authoritively on climate change.

    Now don't mistake me, my point is not to dismiss what Gore says, or buttress Mr. Pielke's skepticism. I'm merely pointing out that if you're going to attack someone's work, and belittle it, based at least partly on their credentials, it works both ways.  And since the changes in policies required by world leaders to address climate change are largely going to be made by non-scientists, who are going to apply their own reasoning abilities and scepticism to the issue, I'm not certain that this smug dismissal of a contrary opinion because they don't meet your own standards for the proper expertise is the right way to go.

    Dammit Jim, I'm a lawyer, not a grammarian. So sue me.

    by Pi Li on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:32:52 AM PDT

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    •  and al gore has what (0+ / 0-)

      to do with this? but please do focus on the one line about pielke not being a climate scientist, rather than, you know, the extensive proof of his butchering data and being excoriated by climate scientists. it's almost as if this is deliberate.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Tue Mar 25, 2014 at 10:35:26 AM PDT

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