LETTER: Some deniers are scientists
PETER Rowney (‘‘Trend of scientific denial disturbing’’ Letters 11/2) raised issues of concern about anti-scientific lobby groups in society.
He included climate change denial among a group that included anti-vaccination, anti evidence-based medicine and conspiracy theorists as anti-science culprits.
While some of those people are certainly anti-science, his inclusion of climate science critics seems an odd choice.
Most critics of climate change theory have been scientists themselves. Some 31,000 scientists including more than 9000 PhD holders have signed the Oregon Petition, for example.
This petition proclaims strong scientific disagreement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated theory on the causes of climate change.
Dr Richard Linzen, a professor of Meteorology at MIT in the United States has been a vocal critic of IPCC claims.
Several former lead scientific authors who have worked on earlier IPCC reports have also publicly expressed severe criticisms of climate theory.
These people could hardly be classified as anti-science conspirators.
Why does Mr Rowney consider climate theory critics as being anti-science?