Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fake-Nobelist in 'ethical bind' about telling 'the whole truth' on AGW is Inducted into California Hall of Fame

Infamous global cooling & warming alarmist Steven Schneider, a winner of the 2007 fake-Nobel Peace Prize, is among those to be inducted in 2014 into the California Hall of Fame. After switching from an ice age alarmist to a catastrophic global warming alarmist over a mere 4 year period, Schneider stated in an interview that he had a 'double ethical bind' about telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth about alleged anthropogenic global warming.

Schneider may not cast as large of a shadow in the man-made global warming alarmist crowd as such luminaries as Al Gore and James Hansen, but Schneider has earned a special place in the hearts of man-made global warming skeptics everywhere when he told Discover Magazine in October, 1989:
On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but — which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we’d like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public’s imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have. This ‘double ethical bind’ we frequently find ourselves in cannot be solved by any formula. Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest. I hope that means being both.
Schneider tried unsuccessfully to put that genie back in the bottle for years, and his words will live forever in the alarmist Hall of Shame.  The Schneider segment is in the [video below], and his role in the show is to share his opinion on whether or not it would be wise to take measures to stop the predicted coming ice age, or more specifically, using nuclear power to loosen polar icecaps, and helping sea ice melt by covering it with black soot.
On the TV show In Search Of...The Coming Ice Age, Steven Schneider wonders whether mankind should intervene in staving off a coming ice age.
On the TV show In Search Of...The Coming Ice Age, Stephen Schneider wonders whether mankind should intervene in staving off a coming ice age.
Can we do these things? Yes. But will they make things better? I’m not sure.  We can’t predict with any certainty what’s happening to our own climatic future.  How can we come along and intervene then in that ignorance?  You could melt the icecaps.  What would that do to the coastal cities? The cure could be worse than the disease. Would that better or worse than the risk of an ice age?
It’s the interaction between people and climate that worries me the most, because with everyone jammed into countries, locked into national boundaries, a change in climate means a redistribution of where the rain is, where the growing seasons are. My worst fear is that the climate could induce a change in some country that could be devastating to their local survivability, and that would lead them to desperate acts that can drag everybody else down.”


Stephen H. Schneider to be Inducted into California Hall of Fame
Governor Jerry Brown has announced the 8th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame, which includes a friend and a hero of mine, the late Dr. Stephen H. Schneider. A brilliant scientist and Stanford professor, Stephen was the strongest champion on climate change in California, and maybe the planet. It was in 1972 that Stephen first alerted the public to the dangerous consequences of global warming. As a leader in the creation of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore and other IPCC colleagues.
Stephen developed groundbreaking models demonstrating the interrelatedness of diverse processes such as ocean dynamics and cloud changes. He had an extraordinary talent for effectively communicating complex scientific material to general audiences, and he advocated forcefully for action from world leaders. Dr. Schneider provided expert advice to every presidential administration since Richard Nixon. I was honored to contribute a chapter on the fight to pass California's Clean Car Law in his last published book.
Dr. Schneider joins a distinguished cohort of scientists, athletes, performers, activists, explorers and entrepreneurs in the California Hall of Fame, people who have transcended the boundaries of their field and made lasting contributions to the state, nation and world. An abbreviated list includes John Muir, Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, Ansel Adams, Dolores Huerta, César Chávez, Frank Gehry, Julia Morgan, Sally Ride, Chuck Yeager, Leland Stanford, Harvey Milk and the Packard Families.
This year's inductees include Kareem Abdul Jabar, Joan Didon, Francis Ford Coppola and activists Charlotta Bass, Fred Ross, Sr., and Mimi Silbert. We treasure their contributions to bettering our lives and expanding our vision of the possible. 
-email received today from California State Senator Fran Pavley

Ice Age Schneider vs. Catastrophic Global Warming Schneider:

“The dramatic importance of climate changes to the world’s future has been dangerously underestimated by many, often because we have been lulled by modern technology into thinking we have conquered nature. This well-written book points out in clear language that the climatic threat could be as awesome as any we might face, and that massive world-wide actions to hedge against that threat deserve immediate consideration.” Stephen Schneider, Back cover endorsement, Lowell Ponte, The Cooling: Has The Next Ice Age Already Begun? Can We Survive It (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1976).
“In the early 1970s, the northern hemisphere appeared to have been cooling at an alarming rate. There was frequent talk of a new ice age. Books and documentaries appeared, hypothesizing a snowblitz or sporting titles such as The Cooling. Even the CIA got into the act, sponsoring several meetings and writing a controversial report warning of threats to American security from the potential collapse of Third World Governments in the wake of climate change.” Stephen Schneider, Global Warming: Are We Entering the Greenhouse Century? (San Francisco: Sierra Club Books, 1989), p. 199.

1 comment:

  1. Before believing another word from Stephen Schneider look up the book "The Believing Brain " by Michael Shermer . It will give just a little inside the human brain view of why 90 % of human beings can not think their way through life.