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The Rodney Dangerfield of climatologists gets no respect

Poor Roy Spencer (above)!

Here’s a guy with all kinds of impressive academic and professional credentials (HERE) who once embraced mainstream scientific theories regarding climate change and evolution, among other issues. But somewhere along the line, Spencer experienced a conversion to religious fundamentalism, and now he’s a global-warming denier and a creationist.

For years now, Spencer has been cranking out studies and books in which he argues that anthropogenic global warming is mostly bunk. In turn, mainstream climatologists have been poking big holes in Spencer’s theories. It’s reached the point where Spencer has become something of a laughingstock.

Nor did he help his reputation any in the scientific community when he recently co-authored another study purporting to disprove AGW. The piece gave rise to great glee in the right-wing media. A good example is THIS PIECE from Forbes. com, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch of Fox News fame. The article was written by James Taylor of  the uber-libertarian Heartland Institute, of which Spencer is a member.

But, of course, Spencer’s new study has come in for wholesale ridicule among scientists (see HERE and HERE.)

There’s a lot more about the shortcomings of Spencer’s work in a three-part series from Skeptical Science (HERE, HERE and HERE). His fellow AGW deniers are disparaged in the following two-part video series Peter Sinclair issued last summer:

(Notice that Spencer appears in the first of these videos, but not in an especially negative light.)

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POSTSCRIPT: Here’s our obligatory list of organizations that subscribe to mainstream scientific theories on man-made global warming:

American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronomical Society, American Chemical Society, American Geophysical Union, American Institute of Physics, American Meteorological Society, American Physical Society, American Quaternary Association, Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, European Geosciences Union, European Science Foundation, Geological Society of America, Geological Society of London-Stratigraphy Commission, InterAcademy Council, International Council of Academies of Engineering and Technological Sciences, International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, International Union for Quaternary Research, National Research Council, Network of African Science Academies, Royal Meteorological Society and World Meteorological Organization.

There is not even one reputable scientific organization that has maintained a dissenting opinion regarding man-made global warming. Not even one.

The last such organization to do so was the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, which eventually backed away from its 1999 statement rejecting the likelihood of human influence on recent climate change.

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