The Coastal Post - July, 1996

Gas Guzzler Lobby Attacks Scientists

A lobbying organization representing some 60 industrial oil, petroleum and auto corporations, attacked the view of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that "the balance of evidence suggests a discernible humaninfluence on global climate".

The lobbing organization, The Global Climate Coalition, accused the Panel of "scientific cleansing", a unusually provocative allusion to the genocidal policies of Serbian supremacists in the latest Balkan War.

What is at stake is growing pressure among the industrialized nations to limit emissions of heat adsorbing gases, a move which will affect the GCC's patrons.

The unusual criticism was initiated by Dr Frederick Seitz, a physicist and Nobel Prize winner who heads the George C. Marshall Foundation, a Washington based, conservative Think Tank which has long criticized thescientific basis for concern over climate change and ozone depletion.

Nature, the highly influential "Journal of Science" was at pains to bediplomatic in editorializing on the subject of the attack, neverthelessexpressed its concern (or fear) that U.S. politicians (i.e. republicans) would use the GCC's attack to stall doing something about climate change.

Preemptive Ozone Strike

The same issue of Nature featured a "Commentary" defending the phase out and ban of ozone depleting substances. The three page article, "The ozone layer:the road not taken" by Nobel Prize winner F. Sherwood Rowland and three other well known scientists was an unusual "what if" attempt to demonstrate where the ozone layer we would be now action had not been taken from the mid 1980s onward to do something about the build up of ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere.

Although no mention was made of the parallel between restricting greenhouse gases now (despite uncertainties) and restricting ozone depleting substances then, the comparison seems obvious.

What seems to be shaping up, is a long and bitter struggle stressing

uncertainties to sabotage all attempts to use scientific estimates to limit industry. The model to do this appears to be Philip Morris and the

tobaccotraficantes.

For Ozone Skeptics

The British Antarctic Survey the organization whose long term, meticulous measurements on the inhospitable surface of Antarctica resulted in the discovery of the the Spring time Ozone Hole, regularly publishes measurements on the Internet. What follows is an excerpt from last year's findings.

"[Ozone] values in the 95/96 season were a little above those reached in 1993 and 1994 during the first half of the season and below during the second half. ..[ozone was] significantly below those of the long term mean throughout the season (provisional monthly mean total ozone (DU).

Period Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr Year

1995/6 237 194 251 228 298 285 287 278 266 258

1957-72 310 330 345 370 345 320 300 295 310 325

Many of the monthly means are either the lowest or near the lowest on record. The yearly mean is the lowest on record."