Eight, that is, half of the 16 scientists who penned a controversial Wall Street Journal opinion piece proclaiming there is “no need to panic” about global warming recently, have ties to either the oil and gas industry or groups dedicated to debunking climate science, a DailyClimate.org investigation has found, reports Amy Silverstein at the Daily Climate. She cites several specific examples. Their industrial links were not disclosed when the piece was published. Subsequently, the Journal published a letter signed by 38 climate and earth scientists, claiming that most of the authors of the original piece “have no expertise in climate science,” and the rest are out of step with nearly all climate scientists, who agree that climate change is happening through human activities. Pacific Institute founder Peter Gleick wrote in Forbes recently that the paper’s editorial decisions offer “a remarkable example of their unabashed bias,” citing the paper’s refusal to publish a 2010 essay by over 200 members of the National Academy of Science, who warned of the realities of climate change, and called for improved serious public debate on the issue.
Authors of WSJ Climate Piece Have Industry Ties, Report Finds http://wwwp.dailyclimate.org/tdc-newsroom/2012/02/industry-influence Posted: 02 Feb 2012 07:44 AM PST (The Daily Climate)