“The signatories of this newest letter are also worth noting for their lack of noteworthiness.”
Skeptical Science writes,
As they tend to do from time to time in an effort to distract from the climate science consensus, a group of scientists who are also climate “skeptics” have published an opinion-editorial (op-ed), trying to make the case against taking action to address climate change. As usual, the article is little more than a regurgitation of a number of climate myths we have debunked at Skeptical Science.
The signatories of this newest letter are also worth noting for their lack of noteworthiness. Although the climate denialist blogs have labeled them “luminaries” and “prominent scientists”, the list is actually quite underwhelming. In fact, it only includes four scientists who have actually published climate research in peer-reviewed journals, and only two who have published climate research in the past three decades. Nearly half of the list (at least 7 of 16) have received fossil fuel industry funding, and the list also includes an economist, a physician, a chemist, an aerospace engineer, and an astronaut/politician. These are apparently the best and brightest the climate denialists can come up with these days?…
Note that Skeptical Science defended Al Gore against criticism over his movie as follows: