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The Delinquent Teenager Who Was Mistaken for the World's Top Climate Expert Paperback – October 28, 2011
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Donna Laframboise is a former National Post and Toronto Star columnist. During the 1990s she wrote investigative feature articles for Canadian magazines and newspapers. Her first book, The Princess at the Window: A New Gender Morality, was published in 1996 by Penguin Canada. Between 1998 and 2001 Ms. Laframboise was a vice president of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. . . .
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It is to be expected that some reviewers will focus on the fact that Donna Laframboise is an investigating journalist rather than a scientist. Any such objection misses the point completely, this book is primarily about the processes, not the science. As to the unavoidable scientific elements in the book, I find that those have been dealt with on a high professional level, and can find no examples of the alleged "lack of understanding science" that some critics like to mention (without giving convincing examples).
When the global warning topic once in the future has been given more realistic dimensions than today, Donna Laframboise should be given due praise for her effort to bring more rationality into the debate.
And since scientific credentials appear very important to some reviewers - here are mine: PhD MSc BSc MBA
- People with strong ties to environmental activist organizations leading and writing chapters for the assessments.
- Lead authors using literature they themselves co-authored, and rejecting all relevant scientific literature and opinions of real experts.
- Adding material into the report after the expert review process is over, including literature published after its over.
- No conflict-of-interest policy until until May 2011, and even then, that policy was not enforced with the authors writing the new report, because it was introduced after the authors were selected.
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Certainly my illusions around this organization are gone. A very informative read. It is truly scary to think about how much influence this organization and these assessments have had on governments and politicians around the world.
Donna Laframboise, in her book, has drawn proper attention to the role in real science of factual based evidence in preference to computer generated hypotheses. The assumptions fed into a computer program must always govern the outcome. The predictions (or projections) of GCM's are of no more value than the political ideologies of their programers. They have little or no factual basis. If people wish to believe, they will. If people wish not to believe, they will not. A sceptic is a person who keeps an open mind until they perceive irrefutable empiric evidence for a proposition.
Donna Laframboise exposes critical flaws in the argument for trust in "scientific consensus". It has no more logic than "burning witches".
Michael E Wright AM