Sunday, February 11, 2007
The other side of a scientific debate can be healthy and welcome. But I'm not so sure about Dr. Henry R. Savage's recent letter (Steamboat Today, Feb. 7), in which he took a strong position undermining the credibility of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).
His stance follows a similar pattern that some academics took when tobacco dangers became expert consensus. Sadly, many folks continued to smoke, driven by the hope that those who disputed the findings were indeed correct. In the case of global warming, society would gain more by people like Dr. Savage working on solutions and promoting a reasonable course of action.
By siding with the minority, this scientist may find himself clinging to the bow of a sinking ship - long after the captain gave the "Abandon ship" command.