Friday, July 31, 2009

Morano's Latest Climate Change Dissenter: Scientist Or Garbage Man?

Back in June, Rudy Baum, Editor-in-Chief of the Chemical and Engineering News, wrote a piece in which he argued of the AGW denialist movement that

We see here the same tactics used by other purveyors of nonsense rejected by the mainstream scientific community. Creationists, for example, only want to expose students to “both sides of the debate over origins,” ignoring the fact that there is no debate over evolution.

A number of angry letters to the Editor ensued, particularly one from a fellow named Steven J. Welcenbach, which claimed rather ominously that Mr. Baum would "be removed" as C&EN's Editor-in-chief.

Now Marc Morano has made Mr. Welcenbach his hero de jour, and has published a string of emails from Welcenbach in which he claims that Baum has censored articles and letters that reject man-made global warming claims.

I'm not going to get into the meat of Mr. Welcenbach's claims; they are the same old same old. I would merely point out that, as in so many cases, Morano rather wildly inflates Mr. Welcenbach's credentials. He appears to be neither a) an environmental chemist or b) a scientist in any halfway strict sense of the term.

In fact, Mr. Welcenbach has BS (Bachelor of Science) in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. An undergraduate degree, in other words.

Furthermore, one of the companies Mr. Welcenbach owns--Third Coast Courier--is described by the State of Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources as a Solid Waste/Recyclables Transporter.

He hauls garbage, in other words. Not that garbage entrepreneurs are not entitled to have an opinion on Global Warming. It just doesn't really count as either a "scientific opinion" or even the opinion of a scientist.

Sorry Marc, gotcha again.

PS. Steve Bloom notes in the comments that it might be more fair to characterize Welcenbach's business as "toxic waste removal" or some such thing. Maybe, but here's a site that ranks his other business, Alchemical Ventures, as being one of the top "Rubbish & Garbage Removal Contractors " in Menomonee Falls, Wisc.


Ti-Guy said...

Morono writes:

Baum, now under pressure to be removed from his post, created a scientific firestorm with his June 22, 2009 editorial in Chemical and Engineering News (C&E News) claiming that the global warming debate was settled.

Note how he added the word "scientific" in front of "firestorm." I guess he figures that'd make the statement more scientifically compelling.

Ti-Guy said...

I can't read what's in your screencap and your link before it goes back to Morono's post. But anyway, here's something on Alchemical Ventures Inc:

Alchemical Ventures is a private company categorized under Industrial machinery and equipment and located in Menomonee Falls, WI. Current estimates show this company has an annual revenue of $300,000 and employs a staff of approximately 2.

In other words, a man with a truck.

buckets said...

Here's the big version of the screen cap:

(Basically when this happens, open up the image, find "s400" towards the end of the url and replace it with "s1600" or "s800")

Ti-Guy said...

A lot BCL's images don't open when clicked on. Is that something with Blogger?

I fiddled around with Blogger's blog features when I first signed up for a Blogger user name, but I never pursued it. I found it pretty unintuitive.

bigcitylib said...

May just be that I still don't get that part. At least I've fixed the links to the proper docs.

bigcitylib said...

B, I get 404 not found when I try that.

buckets said...

Have you thought about using flickr?

bigcitylib said...

Considered. More than that I need a place to host .pdfs.

buckets said...

For pdfs, I've used and found it perfectly fine.

Steve Bloom said...

Given this information, my guess would be that his work tilts more toward chemical/toxic waste than garbage.

bigcitylib said...

Steve, Actually I found and misplaced the file entry on Alchemical Ventures. That included "non-hazardous waste" in the list of materials the company could transport.

Anonymous said...

“We’re on track for the fourth-coolest July on record,”

United States National Weather Service.

Put that in your Global Warming pipe.

Nice cult you have going on.

Dr.Dawg said...

Heh. Junk science. :)

alotstuff said...

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Maria said...

Try to check the link of al gore about climate change,Al gore is always wearing dinner jackets

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