[Coral-List] Public perceptions about climate change

Steve Mussman sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Oct 28 18:21:37 EDT 2009

John Bruno seems to be spot on in his description and analysis of
the current state of affairs regarding public perceptions of AGW. 

Considering the fact that it was the scientific community who were
responsible for the revelations that brought the concept into focus
in the first place; I would suggest that your responsibilities are now 
more obvious than ever and it is not for others to serve as your advocates.

Most of you are understandably concerned about the trend in public opinion
relating to AGW. Scientists who frequent this list need not be so defensive;
instead, why not replace complacency with assertiveness.

The skeptical forces are simply kicking your collective butts in the arena 
of public discourse.The sources of misinformation that John mentioned including
print media, cable news, talk radio, and industry supported think tanks
armed with financial resources beyond comprehension clearly illustrate the
extent of the formidable task at hand. 

It appears that the time has come to choose your course of action. 

Be willing to speak up and act with collective conviction or quietly 
allow the previously described influences to prevail. 

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