As a follow-up to my previous post on global warming, I want to draw attention here to French geophysicist Claude Allegre, who converted from a believer to a skeptic in man-made global warming.
Who is Claude Allegre?
He is a socialist, an ardent member of the French political left, groups typically known for their advocacy of the global warming agenda. He is a member of both the French and U.S. Academy of Sciences, a man who has published more than 100 scientific articles and 11 books. He has received numerous scientific awards, including the Goldschmidt Medal from the Geochemical Society of the United States. His defection from the global warming camp reflects the influence of numerous scientific studies that both underscore the claims of climate skeptics, on the one hand, and that undermine the dire predictions the global warming alarmists, on the other.
According to Allegre, the real cause of climate change remains resolutely unknown. What is known is that not only has Antarctic snowfall remained stable over the past 30 years, but that continent is actually gaining ice. That ice gain is significant because the Antarctic is one of the places where the hole in the ozone layer allegedly has its greatest effect.
Allegre also forcefully contends that too many advocates of man-made catastrophic global warming are motivated by money, not by truth or evidence. Global warming, he says “has become a very lucrative business for some people!”
In America, those people include Al Gore and the folks in charge of government-backed companies like Solyndra.