An Atomic Show listener pointed me to an interesting article published in the Guardian in September 2006 titled Royal Society tells Exxon: stop funding climate change denial.
It is articles like this one that makes me put up my defenses against a headlong rush to a dogmatic belief that human activity that produces CO2 is threatening the very existence of life on earth as we know it. Here is a quote attributed to a spokesman from the Royal Society:
Mr Ward said: “It is now more crucial than ever that we have a debate which is properly informed by the science. For people to be still producing information that misleads people about climate change is unhelpful. The next IPCC report should give people the final push that they need to take action and we can’t have people trying to undermine it.”
When a group is so afraid of opposing theories and information that they feel compelled to move beyond debate and into an effort to simply keep the information quiet, I get very curious.
When someone tells me that I should not be allowed to read something, I really want to read it to find out why not. Of course, I wonder why I am taking this one on – after all, a belief in human caused climate change may help motivate support for nuclear power.