September 15, 2010
Dr. Eric Grimsrud and Dr. Ed Berry both live in Flathead County, Montana. As a result of their Letters to the Editor in the Daily Inter Lake, they agreed to conduct an online debate open to the general public. While they live in what many consider a remote part of America, their Climate Clash debate is relevant to all of America even into the Halls of Congress.
In accepting Dr. Ed’s request for this debate, Dr. Eric wrote:
A Scientific View of Climate Change (no politics, no personalities)
“I gladly accept Ed Berry’s invitation to participate in a scientific discussion of the climate changes we believe are presently occurring. In accordance with Ed’s request, I will limit my remarks here entirely to the scientific aspects of climate change (in which I am a recognized expert) and will not venture into other aspects of climate change (in which I have opinions like everyone else, but I am not an expert), such as economic and societal consequences.” – Eric
Dr. Eric will argue that human-emissions of carbon dioxide are causing “significant” climate change. Dr. Ed will argue the opposite.
The Rules of Engagement
Nothing either has said or written outside this Climate Clash blog is admissible here. Each will start from scratch to build his case. Each will challenge the other only on the basis of what they present here.
So what you read here will be the full material used for the debate. They will try to show you as completely as possible the scientific cases for and against global warming.
Dr. Eric will begin by making his opening statement and his first argument on behalf of “Anthropogenic Global Warming” or AGW. Dr. Ed will follow with his critique. And so the debate will proceed until we all become exhausted.
They present, you decide!
No matter what your views on global warming may be, Dr. Eric and Dr. Ed will help you understand global warming far beyond what you have learned from the media. They will do their best to show you the science of global warming so you can understand it … and act on it as you wish.
This is a unique opportunity you cannot get from TV, radio, letters to the editor, speeches or books. There is no better way to learn a subject than to follow a debate between profecsionals and be able to ask your own questions along the way.
This may be the first time a true scientific debate about global warming will be presented to the public with public interaction. Too many times, science is ignored when the discussion turns to economics, politics or personalities. That will not happen here. We will stick to science.
Science is impersonal.
This debate is not about Dr. Eric or Dr. Ed. They are only the messengers. This debate is about whether or not our carbon dioxide emissions are causing serious climate change.
While guest scientists may participate, Dr. Eric and Dr. Ed will ultimately be responsible for incorporating any scientific input into their own arguments.
There is no preset time limit to this Climate Clash debate. It will last as long as it needs to last. We expect the typical response times to be on the order of a week. So, if this fits your schedule you will have ample time to follow along.
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