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Is the Pew Center on Global Climate Change Open to Non-alarmist Science?

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- January 7, 2009

The Pew Center on Global Climate Change is premised on the notion that climate science is settled and we must move toward major, open-ended government intervention with energy and the economy. “Climate change poses an extraordinary challenge that demands immediate action,” begins the Science Impacts page on the Pew Center’s website.

Thus I was surprised to read this from a Pew representative in a debate over climate-change science hosted recently by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As debate participant Lawrence Solomon reported the Financial Post:

“I really detest phrases like the science is settled,” asserted Dr. Jay Gulledge, a climate specialist at the Pew Center on Global Climate Change in his opening statement. “To characterize myself and the Pew Center as viewing the science as settled is a bit of a red herring.”

It is encouraging to see the Pew Center debate climate alarmism–and none too soon given recent developments.  As Chip Knappenberger shows in a post today, scary alarmist scenarios that have driven Pew since its founding in 1998 (the year global temperature peaked according to some records) are becoming less and less plausible.

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