Global Warming; A Major Challenge For Science And Society Effectively Tackled By Friends Of Science (FOS)

Watts Up With That?


Guest essay by Dr. Tim Ball

There is a large group of scientists who rarely express their views on climate change. They are scientists mostly working in the private sector whose ability to speak out is more limited than government scientists for two reasons. One is Upton Sinclair’s observation

“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it!”

I am not sure “understand” is fair, because many understand but often don’t have the time or the inclination. The other is that for many their salary is from some part of the demonized energy sector, which means they understand but are unable to speak.

About the closest they come to direct, or indirect expression of their opinion usually occurs without their knowledge or approval through the statements issued by their professional society. These organizations, like the national science societies were purposely…

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