Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Luetkemeyer Refers to Nobel Winners as "Junk" Scientists; We Hope He'd Recycle the Prize

When one describes a Nobel Prize winner's work, they often choose words such a brilliant, genius, groundbreaking, and meticulous, to name a few. Not Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO), he prefers the term "junk science"

Last week Mr. Luetkemeyer introduced legislation in the House, coming from his own press release:
"that would save taxpayers $12.5 million this year and millions more in the future by prohibiting the United States from contributing to the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which is fraught with waste and is engaged in dubious science."
As Think Progress reports:
Far from “junk science,” the IPCC is generally regarded as the world’s top authority on issues of global warming and climate change. The U.S. National Resource Council has praised the IPCC, calling its conclusions “accurate.” The Royal Meteorological Society referred to the IPCC as “the world’s best climate scientists.” In fact, the Nobel Committee seems to think so too, awarding the panel in 2007 with the Nobel Peace Prize “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.”
It's also interesting to note that, in an effort to maintain consensus, some feel the IPCC often UNDERestimates climate change's impact (though of course making clear that the effects will be disastrous).

If Mr. Luetkemeyer is so interested in combating "dubious science," he need only look to the various studies opponents of clean energy legislation have been throwing around in recent months. Better yet, he should read his own press release, where he cites the very same debunked findings that have been refuted time, and time, and time, and again.

Moral of the story: Mr. Luetkmeyer is a tough guy to impress. A Nobel Prize just won't suffice, you need to win at least 3 major awards. Sorry Al Gore, even your rare Nobel Prize-Academy Award double whammy probably won't cut it...