'Climategate' author lacks expertise and credibility

September 11, 2013 

A writer recently recommended a book that would expose obfuscators of global warming: "Climategate." He states the book explains all the factors of global warming, etc. and that Mr. Brian Sussman's credentials for writing the book is that he is a "meteorologist."

The writer needs to understand that meteorologists are not climatologists. Meteorologists study and predict weather, like TV weathermen, while climatologists study climate. Sounds the same, but they are really quite different.

Climatologists study current and future change or the climates of the past. Climatology studies weather long term, an average of over at least 30 years. Therefore, Mr. Sussman's experience as meteorologist does not qualify him as an authority on climatology or global warming.

In fact, the author of the book is a former TV weatherman and radio/TV entertainer who is currently the host of a conservative morning radio talk show in San Francisco. He is not a scientist.

But he has been a proponent of the "birther conspiracy" regarding President Obama's heritage and has promoted many different conspiracy theories, including the discovery of the real Noah's Ark and global warming. A Google search reveals that every conspiratorial claim the book makes has been debunked.

In 2012 Brian Sussman was a speaker at the Heartland Institute's Seventh International Conference on Climate Change. That organization received over $67 million from ExxonMobil, the Koch Brothers and the conservative Scaife family foundations.

The recommended book is no match for the conclusion that climate change is caused by humans, which is supported by every national or major scientific institution anywhere in the world.

Mr. Sussman is probably a good entertainer and certainly a good entrepreneur, but he is not a credible source for any scientific information.

David Cartee

Bradenton

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