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Thursday, May 16, 2002  

Following up the fuller debate between Lomborg and Scientific American, I find the bias of SA more egregious than I'd realized. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse who formed the magazine's lynch party included John P. Holdren. I mentioned earlier Julian Simon's bet as to whether certain metals would fall or rise in price in the ten years to 1990.One of the three environmentalists who lost their money to Simon was Holdren - who, naturally, had been criticized in Lomborg's Skeptical Environmentalist.

Another was Stephen Schneider, who once made this infamous plea for lying in the environmentalist cause:

"So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have."

The intellectual world seems prepared to forgive Schneider for this little peccadillo: he is currently "professor in the department of biological sciences and senior fellow at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, is editor of Climatic Change and the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and lead author of several IPCC chapters and the IPCC guidance paper on uncertainties."

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