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11 April 2007


Letters - preview
Science or swindle?
The first thing I noticed in the article on climate change (6 April) was the table with two columns headed 'Examples of the sceptics arguments' and 'The scientists' response'
  • This was unfortunate because the table therefore implied that sceptics could not be scientists
  • As a result one had the immediate impression that the article would not be providing an objective commentary on the issues, and this weakened the author's case

  • David Martin

    Well, David Martin's probably right that I shouldn't have put it as 'the scientists' versus 'the sceptics'
  • Some of the people drawn on by the media and the fossil-fuel lobby to portray a sceptical picture are trained as scientists
  • But it is doubtful whether they could be said to be 'doing science', 'following scientific method' or engaging in 'scientific debate' – it is only possible to maintain a position that humanity is not causing climate change by ignoring or distorting the data


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