‘The cause of climate change remains unknown. So, let us be cautious’

By October 19, 2006Global Warming

The above line opens a blockbuster editorial in France’s L’Express by Claude Allegre. This is a blockbuster because Allegre is one of the most decorated French geophysicists. According to this from the non-partisan Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Allegre “has authored more than 100 scientific articles, written 11 books and received numerous scientific award….” Moreover, up until this seminal piece, he had been a believer in the global warming theory. This article marks his defection from hysteria to doubt.

He talks about the recent articles noting the lessening of snows on Mt. Kilimanjaro as more evidence of warming, saying, “The gradual retreat of the snows of Kilimanjaro is often imputed to local phenomena” adding, “Greenhouse effect plays no significant role in these processes.”

If a celebrated global warming skeptic defected to the side of the Gore-ists, the WaPo might well nigh put out a special edition touting the fact. Yet here you have a noted global warming proponent, in a thoughtful piece, disassociating himself from his prior point of view. Is this not news?

Noting that his new views are “not fashionable”, Allegre says of the other side, ” the ecology of helpless protesting has become a very lucrative business for some people!” Wait — you don’t think these folks are in it for the research money do you….?

Click here to read Allegre’s excellent article.