I would like to officially take this opportunity to come out of the closet as a global warming skeptic. Yes, I believe the planet got warmer for a period, but I am deeply skeptical of the claims that CO2 emissions were the cause and that the climate models created to forecast the future are in any way accurate.
I am also in very good company as you see here in this slide show of the 10 most-respected Global Warming Sceptics. I especially like this quote from the late Michael Crichton:
Let’s be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science, consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.
So sorry New Zealand eco-freaks, I’m keeping my dog and I don’t even feel the slightest bit guilty about it.