“Science” catfight?

Posted April 7th, 2010 by Sylvia S Tognetti and filed in Other Stuff
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Stephen Colbert continues with the climate vs weather theme, in a “science catfight” between meteorologists – aka, TV weathermen, and climatologists. If it doesn’t make any sense thats ok. You can just pick whatever side confirms your beliefs. This is made for TV drama. But in the irony department, note that the American Meteorological Society sides with the 31% of meteorologists who believe that global warming is primarily human induced, as do 90% of climatologists.

It would be interesting to find out more about the differences in educational background and employment of the meteorologists who do and don’t attribute global warming to humans. Perhaps the latter were all students of Bill Gray who are more interested in flying into hurricanes, chasing storms, and reporting directly from their path – which keeps eyeballs glued to the television. It has been awhile since I read it but for more in depth perspective on differences between these two camps, see Chris Mooney’s book, Storm World. Stephen also observed that, the percentage of Americans who trust TV weathermen, about 56%, is roughly the same as the percentage who voted for Al Gore.

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