“No Need to Panic About Global Warming”: Context for Considering the Ongoing Debate Over Climate Change

The Wall Street Journal opinion piece (see “No Need to Panic About Global Warming,” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204301404577171531838421366. html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop#mjQuickSave, January 27, 2012) co-authored by the Chairman of the Marshall Institute’s Board of Directors, Dr. William Happer, and another member of the Board, Rodney Nichols, has attracted enormous attention and, not surprisingly, considerable criticism. Because Happer and his co-authors challenge the prevailing orthodoxy – that human activities are the principal drivers of observed and expected changes in Earth’s temperature – and so criticism is expected. One would hope the tone and tenor of the discussion that followed the publication of the piece would have been civil and focused on the facts. But, as frequently happens, hope rarely meets reality.

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