When it comes to preventing today’s disasters, the squabble about climate change is just a distraction. The media usually has room for only one environmental argument: is climate change happening? This pits virtually all climate scientists against a band of self-taught freelance sceptics, many of whom think the “global warming hoax” is a ruse got up by 1960s radicals as a trick to bring in socialism. (I know, I get the sceptics’ e-mails.) Sometimes in this squabble, climate scientists are tempted to overstate their case, and to say that the latest disaster proves that the climate is changing. This is bad science. It also gives the sceptics something dubious to attack. Better to ignore the sceptics, and have more useful debates about disasters and climate change which, for now, are two separate problems.
Hoe kun je een “useful debate” houden als je de sceptics negeert? Dan krijg je juist die IPCC-toestanden die de IAC aan de kaak heeft gesteld. Er is geen debat, juist omdat de sceptics worden genegeerd!
Zie ook het commentaar van Judith Curry http://judithcurry.com/2011/01/22/a-disastrous-truth/