Friday, September 22, 2006

Global Warnings from the Ivory Tower

Three good postings on the furor caused by the UK Royal Society writing to Exxon-Mobil suggesting it cease supporting any efforts to extend debate over global warming, here, here, and here. About the only good thing one can say of the letter and the censorship of scientific debate it promotes, is that appears to be about the only thing thus far to have unified the various factions in the climate debate.

But what does it say about the state of contemporary intellectual discourse that the Royal Society would even countenance shutting down debate, discussion and/or dissention? To even the most hardened of global warming advocates, this must appear as the worst kind of bias and dogma yet. The sources listed above are all equally astounded and aghast at the actions of the Royal Society. Should you read anyone who is not, you will have found yourself someone who is both close-minded and not worth reading.