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Villain of the Day: Stephen Schneider
Submitted by Lance on Mon, 2009-01-26 21:47
His research includes modeling of the atmosphere, climate change, and "the relationship of biological systems to global climate change." He has helped draw public attention to the issue of climate change. He is the founder and editor of the journal Climatic Change. He has authored or co-authored over 450 scientific papers, proceedings, legislative testimonies, edited books and book chapters; some 140 book reviews, editorials, published newspaper and magazine interviews and popularizations. He was a Coordinating Lead Author in Working Group II IPCC TAR; and is currently a co-anchor of the Key Vulnerabilities Cross-Cutting Theme for the Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). During the 1980s Schneider emerged as a leading public advocate of sharp reductions of greenhouse gas emissions to combat global warming.
There is a Schneider quote doing the rounds that is correctly attributed to him, but allegedly taken out of context and distorted. This is the version most often seen:
"We need to get some broad based support,
I had no trouble believing an IPCC and AGW theory cheerleader would think like that, I did however have trouble believing they'd be foolish enough to say it on record.
So, I decided to make sure the quote was correctly attributed, genuine and see if there was any further context. Such research didn't take long and I am glad I checked up on it.
Here Professor Schneider defends the statement and provides the full quote and context.
"On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the
He seems to think that calling it a "double ethical bind" absolves him and that he provides an acceptable context that should make us all go "Oooh so he's torn between being a competent and objective scientist and the 'need' to sensationalise and lie for the good of humanity, that's all right then".
Congratulations Professor Schneider, your hand-wringing doubts over ethics and integrity vs your perceived 'greater good' wins you SOLO's Villain of the Day award.
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