Besieged by Climate Deniers, A Scientist Decides to Fight Back
Unit # 1 Written Assignment
Professor Brandy Kreisler
December 12, 2012
According to reporter and climate scientist, Michael Mann, he and other scientists are being hostilely confronted and unfairly treated because of the results of their research by critics or by those who do not choose to believe or want to accept that climate change or global warming is real and is caused by the harmful effects of man-caused greenhouse emission, also known as carbon monoxide (CO2). In Mann’s article, “Besieged by Climate Deniers: A Scientist Decides to Fight Back” greenhouse gases are destroying layers of the earth’s ozone or atmosphere, which is the result of burning fossil fuels such as coal, natural gas, oil. Research done by Mann and other climate scientific points out that there is a serious threat to our planet as a result of the overuse of fossil fuels and the sharply rising levels of the gases as we continue to burn more and more fossil fuels. According to Michael Mann, he and other scientist over the past decades have become the victims of retaliations by certain special interest groups, politicians, industries or ideologues who vehemently disagree with their climate change research and are trying to discredit or diminish the findings of their research. Understandably, their critics are unhappy with their research or findings. Subsequently, they are repeatedly ridiculed and accused of overstating or exaggerate the facts of their research regarding the effects of greenhouse emissions by their critics. Consequently, their advocacies are on the defense or attack because their research it does not agree or fall in line with their policy, beliefs or goals with respect to their position on the use of fossil fuels, despite the reality, the facts or the quality of their research and findings. Therefore, the fossil fuel industry and its advocates are displeased with the unflattering research results of climate scientists, like Mann, which finds the use of oil, coal, and natural gas to be the major contributors of climate change and global warming. Mann states that their research is like significant pieces of a larger puzzle which they continue to fill in. When it is eventually completed it will give a true picture of the effect of global warming. It will point out the negative fallout or significant increases in adverse activities such as heat waves, rises in the earth’s sea level, disappearing shorelines, floods, availability of food resources and fresh water supplies, all resulting, if we continue to burn fossil fuels. Subsequently, the disbelievers or those who potentially stand to be effected and lose the most by the research done by climate control scientist’s, are out to destroy credibility or effectively diminish their reputations and findings by challenging the validity of their research that support global warming as a result of the overuse and abuse of fossil fuels that Mann points out to be the culprits of greenhouse gases and confirms the benefits in the decreased use of fossil fuels. Scientist like Mann and their adversaries or political foes want to dismantle the research and other significant research. The dismantling or attacks were initially prompted by the hockey stick papers, research studies done and supported by numerous scientists that contain graphs that demonstrate the rapid and steady spikes or increases of the earth’s temperature and global warming over the past 1,000 years. To disband this theory or the validity of the hockey stick papers, their critics want to treat such research or research that involve the hockey stick theory, like a house of cards, which if one falls down the rest will weaken and topple. Their adversaries hope antics like these, according to Mann will question or attempt to destroy their integrity or the integrity of their...