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National Academies' Statement on Global Warming Unravels

Leonard Gilroy
July 3, 2005, 10:49am

Last month, in advance of the G8 summit in Gleneagles, global warming activists rejoiced upon hearing the news that the national science academies of all the G8 countries (plus China, India and Brazil) had issued a joint statement urging their governments to take immediate action to fight global warming (see here and here for links). Among the dubious assertions in the statement was that, "the scientific understanding of climate change is now sufficiently clear to justify nations taking prompt action." The mainstream media immediately focused on the challenge the statement posed to the anti-Kyoto position of the Bush administration, particularly given that the U.S.' own National Academy of Sciences were included as a signatory. But wait...not so fast! According to's Steven Milloy (see July 2nd entry): And it looks like we weren't the only non-signatory signatory: From RIA Novosti: So once again we see grandiose global warming proclamations burst like a pin-pricked balloon. Shame on Lord May and the Royal Society for this crass, manipulative deception. And if the media who were so eager to report the original story turn a blind eye to this deception (a likely scenario, pardon my pessimism), then shame on them too.

Leonard Gilroy is Director of Government Reform

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