If America's (and the world's) top CEOs think global warming is a serious problem, could it be a hoax?

These guys don't get their science from Al Gore, they get it from the best scientists in the world. In many cases their position on global warming seem to be contrary to their financial interest. The reason it's not is that they know the threat of a global economic depression from global warming is real. ... show more These guys don't get their science from Al Gore, they get it from the best scientists in the world. In many cases their position on global warming seem to be contrary to their financial interest. The reason it's not is that they know the threat of a global economic depression from global warming is real. That would be _really_ bad for business.

Sure, they're not scientists. But they're also not liberals or dumb. Or part of a "conspiracy".

"The science of global warming is clear. We know enough to act now. We must act now."

James Rogers, CEO of Charlotte-based Duke Energy.

"I believe there is now more than enough evidence of climate change to warrant an immediate and comprehensive - but considered - response. Anyone who disagrees is, in my view, still in denial."

Ford Motor Company CEO William Clay Ford, Jr.

and many more

http://www.us-cap.org/media/bios.asp

Or would you rather believe an ex-tobacco lobbyist and a science fiction writer?

A no brainer for me.
Update: Thanks to Jello for inspiring this question.
Update 2: GABY - It's a pleasure to deal with someone who deserves the honorable term of skeptic. The quality of the temperature data has been investigated thoroughly. The reference below should provide detail. As an engineer you understand that repeated measurements and averaging can improve the precision of a... show more GABY - It's a pleasure to deal with someone who deserves the honorable term of skeptic.

The quality of the temperature data has been investigated thoroughly. The reference below should provide detail. As an engineer you understand that repeated measurements and averaging can improve the precision of a measurement. For the global data, that process is substantial. Scientists believe the 5 year global averages (the important things) are good to a tenth of a degree or so.

Folland, C.K., et al (2001). "Global temperature change and its uncertainties since 1861". Geophysical Research Letters 28: 2621-2624

some results discussed concisely at:

http://www.globalwarmingart.com/wiki/Ima...

Man has created substantial warming by making greenhouse gases. How man's seemingly puny efforts can do that is explained here:

http://environment.newscientist.com/chan...

So we can also reduce this.
Update 3: 3DM - Of course all these guys are part of the problem too. My point is that saying global warming is a hoax is simply absurd. Or that it's just a natural cycle. The fact that these guys are actually asking for strong government action is surprising, and indicates just how much we need to take this seriously. show more 3DM - Of course all these guys are part of the problem too. My point is that saying global warming is a hoax is simply absurd. Or that it's just a natural cycle.

The fact that these guys are actually asking for strong government action is surprising, and indicates just how much we need to take this seriously.
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