Crichton Novel Steaming Up Some Scientists

Sixteen of 18 top U.S. climate scientists interviewed by Knight Ridder said the Harvard-trained author is bending scientific data and distorting research in 'State of Fear'.

Published: 07-Feb-2005

WASHINGTON -- A provocative new novel that says fears of global warming are unjustified and stoked by an environmentalist-media conspiracy is taking Washington by storm.

"State of Fear," a novel by Michael Crichton, the best-selling author of "Jurassic Park," and the creator of the TV show "ER," compares scientists who warn of global warming to advocates of eugenics who said that the mixing of races would ruin the world's genetic stock.

In an appendix explaining his position, Crichton writes: "Nobody knows how much of the present warming trend might be a natural phenomenon. Nobody knows how much of the present warming trend might be man-made. Nobody knows how much warming will occur in the next century."

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