This is an excellent summary of the tempest in the teapot (inflated to hurricane) of the CRU email issue. I am very sorry that this flap has wasted so much of the limited time we appear to have to deal with the real and pressing predicament of climate change.
Predictably, the trolls of the denialist sort jumped in to repeat their easily (and frequently) debunked claims about how this is just a plot for world domination cooked up by these (1) rich and evil scientists or (2) Al Gore or (3) the Bilderberg group or (4) all of the above. Alternatively, they claim that all the thousands of scientists studying this over the last 150 years have somehow overlooked some obvious flaw in their logic or alternative explanation for things that they (the commenter) have discovered--but (for some reason) have not published their discovery anywhere but in a blog comment.
These are not honest skeptics who simply have not spent the time needed to understand a complex topic. They are doctrinaire fanatics who refuse to actually read the scientific literature (which refutes their claims) and are properly called "denialists".
We must take the science seriously and ignore the trolls. The physics and chemistry don't care what our politics are and that is what is driving the changes in the climate. At this point in the process it may actually be too late to put off the really disastrous effects of climate change, but we may be able to make things a bit less bad. We must move on this. If (by some miracle) the earth doesn't continue to warm, our efforts won't have been in vain. We'll have addressed many other issues (energy use, pollution, transportation) in the process of dealing with climate and it will have been worth the trouble in any event.
Apr 22 2010 - 10:26pm