But when the dust settles, what we are left with is the evidence. And, in spite of all its complexity and uncertainties, we should not lose track of the simple fact that theory, actual observations of the planet, and complex models - however imperfect each is in isolation - all point to ongoing, potentially dangerous human alteration of climate.On the other hand, The Daily Mail, a British Tabloid, has this headline: "Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995". The piece is by Mr Jonathan Petre and was previously updated at 5:12 PM on 14th February 2010 when I linked to it. The key point is that Professor Phil Jones was not just a messy bookkeeper, but that he is not as confident about AGW as he used to be:
Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.oh oh...
And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.
Here are a series of Q&As with Professor Phil Jones done by the BBC.
Back to the first article linked above, from Director Kerry Emanuel, we have this final paragraph:
We have never before dealt with a problem that threatens not us, but our distant descendants. The philosophical, scientific, and political issues are unquestionably tough. We might begin by mustering the courage to confront the problem of climate change in an honest and open way.The first sentence is a bit of purple prose and can be ignored, except to note that if there is AGW there is a very long term problem we are looking at. He is darn tootin' that the problems are tough. And, we all need the courage to confront the issues, especially the climate scientists, whose whole story is currently in a cocked hat.
I admit to being a skeptic about those who were claiming the sky is falling, and have been since then Senator Al Gore denied what he had written in his book Earth in the Balance. With AGW now being seriously challenged, and starting to show cracks in the foundation, I am still a skeptic, but this time a skeptic who is not ready to throw out the questions about what should we be doing if there really is global warming.
But, first, I want to know what the science really says. The best way to put it is that I don't want "experts" telling me that I should just sit down and listen. I want to be talked to, as an adult.
Regards — Cliff