A note of thanks to all my intrepid and well-meaning commentators. Most of you are relatively in control of your emotions, which is so much of an improvement from a couple of years back when I got some nasty, threatening e-mails, and even a few heavy-breathing phonecalls. I did have a policeman in the house for a while with me – but that was only because we were house-sharing, not because I felt paranoid – which I didn’t. Feel paranoid, that is.
I’m hoping that Andrew Montford’s report for the Global Warming Policy Foundation, to be published over or just after this weekend, will show the same level of dignity in reply and opinion as your recent standard of commenting, not the distasteful “free speecher” rants we hear far too much of from American shock-jock-inspired attack “dogs”.
The one thing I don’t want to find on opening “Bishop Hill’s” work is a condemnation of the behaviour and attitudes of working Climate Change Scientists. First, because it is unfounded. And second, because ad hominem dissmisiveness is a pretty poor way to conduct a scientific discussion – just look at the years of suffering that Michael Mann and Ben Santer have had to endure – and now Phil Jones. It’s quite unreasonable.
Inquiry after inquiry, enquiry after enquiry and reading and re-reading of the academic e-mails of Climate Change Scientists has vindicated both their intentions and their approach. Their results speak for themselves, if you care to read them. The accusations of isolationism, dastardly collusion, secretiveness and mean-spiritedness are all baseless, concocted by those who refuse to accept the conclusions of the research.
Let’s see a few academic literature citations in your comments from now on, please. I want to know what research papers you are quoting from so that I can answer your points.
In the meantime, thanks for all the data which I shall be passing to my social science colleagues for their dissection and entertainment. No doubt some of your comments will become the basis of a thesis or two into grand public deceptions – denial of the serious impacts of Climate Change is only part of nearly a hundred years of public relations campaigns to guard the sanctity of the corporate right to make a profit at everybody else’s expense.
You’ve been had if you don’t read, understand and accept Climate Change Science.
I know there’s no convincing you. There’s always a core of die-hards who find it difficult to accept reality. And sadly, the Media contain a fair few Climate Change deniers in their management structure – leading to extremely poor presentation of the Science in the public domain.
Fortunately, the truth is emerging, slowly but surely.
Climate Change is already happening, is serious, is affecting numerous, interdependent parts of the Earth system, and is coming to a street near you in the very near future. Just check the weather reports of the world, and note signs of extreme weather events coming one after the other with no let-up.
That’s Climate Change for you – changing the odds of drought, deluge and storm.
One day you will have to accept the facts. It will hurt your pocket, risk your livelihood and bring food and energy insecurity, unless we make essential changes to the energy supply system starting from now – which involves the cooperation of the Oil and Gas companies, the electricity generation companies, China, India and all.
Everybody involved in the energy industry will need to change their business plans, because Fossil Fuels need to become mostly history.
Zero Carbon or bust.