Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
It's most unsettling to the cluckers of climate change when one of their own leading adherents, who formerly toed the line, becomes skeptical and drop-kicks the "science."
Meet David Evans.
A scientist with six university degrees, Mr. Evans consulted for the Australian Greenhouse Office (today's Department of Climate Change) from 1999 to 2005. He studied carbon in plants, debris, forestry and agricultural products.
But while aboard the global-warming train, he found that the wheels got increasingly wobbly.
"The debate about global warming has reached ridiculous proportions and is full of micro-thin half-truths and misunderstandings," he says. "I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic."
Empirical evidence from the '90s showed that CO2 is not the primary driver of global temperatures, Evans says. "(R)ather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant."
Naturally, Evans has been vilified by other "experts" because of his remarks. But, as with other skeptics, his assertions are dismissed, not debated.
It is, as Evans says, a comfortable gravy train for all aboard.
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