21 April 2011

Another Chapter in the Warming Alarums and Excursions


If you are interested in the broad outlines of global climate change controversies and believe along with Georges Clemenceau that just as war is too important to be left to the generals, so too, perhaps, is climate change too important to be left to the climatologists. If that is true, then you should read this post and other contributions to this website.

This is really fun in some ways and sad in others. Such terms as "forcing," along with "negative forcing," and "surge of acceleration" send shivers down my spine. The comments are often quite funny, especially the wry and ironic ones. But sadly, as in other fields, it seems we have no way of easing out the old bulls in the climatology racket, at least in a civilized way. Dr Hansen appears to have gone so far ahead of the herd that he cannot hear the calls of his colleagues.

Maybe we need to use some supposed Eskimo ways of dealing with the old. Maybe we are using a variation on that technique by having him publish his stuff on his own website instead of in the "peer-reviewed literature"—who would have thought that term needed quote marks around it?

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