So Sen. James "global warming is a hoax" Inhofe (R-OK) issues a report in which he claims:
Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called "consensus" on man-made global warming.
"Padded" would be an extremely generous description of this list of "prominent scientists." Some would use the word "laughable" (though not the N.Y. Times Andy Revkin, see below). For instance, since when have economists, who are pervasive on this list, become scientists, and why should we care what they think about climate science?
I'm not certain a dozen on the list would qualify as "prominent scientists," and many of those, like Freeman Dyson - a theoretical physicist - have no expertise in climate science whatsoever. I have previously debunked his spurious and uninformed claims, although I'm not sure why one has to debunk someone who seriously pushed the idea of creating a rocket ship powered by detonating nuclear bombs! Seriously.
Even Ray Kurzweil, not a scientist but a brilliant inventor, is on the list. Why? Because he apparently told CNN and the Washington Post:
These slides that Gore puts up are ludicrous, they don't account for anything like the technological progress we're going to experience.... None of the global warming discussions mention the word nanotechnology. Yet nanotechnology will eliminate the need for fossil fuels within 20 years.... I think global warming is real but it has been modest thus far - 1 degree f. in 100 years. It would be concern if that continued or accelerated for a long period of time, but that's not going to happen.
And people say I'm a techno-optimist. So Kurzweil actually believes in climate science - rather than the reverse, as Inhofe claims - but thinks catastrophic global warming won't happen because of a techno-fix that stops emissions. If wishes were horses ... everyone would get trampled to death. In the real world, energy breakthroughs are very rare, as we've seen, and it's even rarer when they make a difference in under several decades.
Then we have the likes of this from Inhofe's list:
CBS Chicago affiliate Chief Meteorologist Steve Baskerville expressed skepticism that there is a "consensus" about mankind's role in global warming.
Wow, a TV weatherman expressed skepticism. If only the IPCC had been told of this in time, they could have scrapped their entire report. Seriously, Wikipedia says "Baskerville is an alumnus of Temple University and holds a Certificate in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University." I guess Inhofe has a pretty low bar for "prominent scientists" - but then again he once had science fiction writer Michael Crichton testify at a hearing on climate science.
I don't mean to single out Baskerville. Inhofe has a lot of meteorologists on his list, including Weather Channel Founder John Coleman. I have previously explained why Coleman doesn't know what he is talking about on climate, and why meteorologists in general have no inherent credibility on climatology. In any case, they obviously are NOT prominent scientists.
Then we have people like French geomagnetism (!) scientist Vincent Courtillot, geophysicist Louis Le MouГ«l, geophysicist Claude AllГЁgre, geomagnetism (!!) scientist Frederic Fluteau, geomagnetism (!!!) scientist Yves Gallet, and scientist Agnes Genevey - whose "research" on global warming is brutally picked apart by RealClimate here and especially here (and again here by other scientists), who together "expose a pattern of suspicious errors and omissions that pervades" their work.
So, yes, the Inhofe list is utterly ignorable compared to either the IPCC report or the Bali declaration by actual prominent climate scientists. The notion it is relevant to the climate debate is laughable, as even a cursuory examination makes clear. And yet in an article unhelpfully titled, "Climate Consensus Busted'?" the NYT's Andy Revkin amazingly writes of it: