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Monday, August 13, 2007
Sheppard Silent on Real Reason 'Skeptical Environmentalist' Is Treated Skeptically
Topic: NewsBusters

In an Aug. 11 NewsBusters post touting author Michael Crichton's glowing Amazon review of global warming denier Bjorn Lomborg's book "Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming," Noel Sheppard writes of Lomborg: "It is plain to see why Lomborg is such a controversial figure, as he is not afraid to call a spade a spade regardless of who might find such straight talk inconvenient."

Actually, the real reason -- which Sheppard fails to mention -- is that Lomborg is a lousy researcher. An earlier book he wrote concluded that the concerns of scientists regarding the world's environmental problems -- including global warming -- were overblown. But Scientific American magazine ran a series of articles from four well-known environmental specialists that lambasted Lomborg's book for "egregious distortions," "elementary blunders of quantitative manipulation and presentation that no self-respecting statistician ought to commit," and sections that were "poorly researched and ... rife with careless mistakes." 

By ignoring any criticism of Lomborg, it seems that Sheppard is the one who finds "straight talk" inconvenient.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:06 AM EDT
Updated: Monday, August 13, 2007 9:07 AM EDT

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