A debate about the theory of catastrophic man-made global warming (CAGW) took place recently between Carol Andress, of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and Marc Morano of the Climate Depot Blog. The EDF website lists Ms Andress as having expertise in “Climate Change, U.S, Congress, air quality and U.S. climate policy”.
There are two themes during this debate; one is the credibility of the science supporting the CAGW and the other is Pope Francis’ expected papal encyclical on the environment.
The first theme was entirely won by Marano. This has been the consistent outcome of these debates between warmers and skeptics. It is difficult for skeptics to get a warmer to debate anymore. Because Ms Andress is considered an expert by the EDF, I am further persuaded that the EDF, as an organization, is weak on science as are most of the environmentally focused NGOs. While nothing Ms Andress said with regard to the second theme was persuasive, the Pope appears to have been taken in. There is little likelihood at this point that he will change his mind.
Watch the debate on this YouTube video–it will initially open up with what looks to be another topic, but give it several seconds and it will switch to the debate. The total time for the debate is about 15 minutes.