Dialogue on Global Warming: Inadequate science leaves climate debate subject to political expediency

This is the first in a recurring series of comment and analysis on the petroleum industry's stances and strategies on the issue of catastrophic global warming. Others in that series will follow in the next 2 weeks.One of the most enduring joint scientific and political debates in recent times has been the debate between those who believe that human influences on climate are warming the earth, with consequences that may be detrimental to humankind, and those who believe that the earth's dynamic systems are too large to be significantly influenced by human activities. It is unfortunate that the debate was initiated by political action before scientific research had formulated, const...

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