Ronald Bailey: "No one paid me to be wrong about global warming"

Ronald Bailey is Reason Magazine's science correspondent, adjunct scholar at CATO and CEI, and editor of the 2002 book Global Warming and Other Myths: How the Environmental Movement Uses False Science to Scare Us to Death. He's been a high profile global warming "skeptic", attacking both the science and the possibility of dealing with greenhouse gas emissions, he also testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources on "The Impact of Science on Public Policy" and said in 2004: "Finally, in the real world, absent transformative technological breakthroughs in energy production, whatever the chances that average temperatures may one day exceed 2 degrees Celsius, there is absolutely no chance that steep emissions reductions scenarios are even remotely possible."

Well, it seems that Mr. Bailey has changed his mind and is now trying to explain his past position (we'll leave it up to you to decide if he's convincing, but he deserves credit for the detailed mea culpa) while recognizing the existence of global warming some more. The news is a bit old now, but somehow we missed it back then. ::Confessions of an Alleged ExxonMobil Whore, via ::MetaFilter. See also: ::Michael Shermer on Global Warming: "data trumps politics", ::Sir David Attenborough Condemns Climate Change, ::The 4 Stages of Global Warming Denial