Free the Scientists
Posted by Jeff Condon on June 30, 2010
There is too much pressure on climate scientists. The way Mann attacked everyone in the climategate emails for not presenting the consensus view was disgusting.
Typically, in my experience, scientists enjoy the imagining of something different to the status quo, even more than publishing the standard. It’s in the nature of these people that something new and different is exciting. It’s no fun repeating the same stuff over and over, and nothing is gained. My guess is that climate scientists often find the global warming politics tedious but what choice do they have. If you are a young scientist bent on discovery, do you want a piece of the billions tenths of trillions in funding or do you want to take the role of the skeptic. You want something different but in time your understanding leads to money. After all, if you find that the Arctic is warming and that CO2 in the past corresponds to warming, is it worth ignoring the obvious causality capriciousness? After all, we know temperature causes higher CO2 and CO2 can cause higher temperatures!! But that does NOT bring funding.
Gore’s left hand found the real answer ($$$) but climate science has forced itself down a path which on the whole has some serious questions to answer. Everything leads to warming, warming leads to strife, strife leads to ecological collapse and death of everyone!!! And growth of. um…… more animals. Never mind that not a single ecological disaster has EVER been predicted ten years in the future,in history let alone a hundred. Find one so I can be wrong.
Anyway, climate science has struggled desperately since the lies were exposed by climategate. None of the lies were new to those of us who were studying. The difference today is that in my first introspective blogging lapse in two years, I’m really starting to grasp the pressures on these people created by the true believers in the cause. They are forced or extremely pressured to do science to the limits of the bounds of reason – in support of the AGW mantra. It is logically identical to a prayer to your preferred god, except that no indeterminate and ancient text exists to guide them. That sounds extreme, but if you really discover something with climate, it’s very simple to attach it to AGW at least to a remote degree. Extremely simple.
Although it didn’t seem that way at the time, I was lucky recently to be the blogger on which the climategate files were noticed. The entire climate taxation angle is damaged beyond my wildest hopes and not because I don’t believe in AGW, it’s that I don’t believe that they are certain enough to do the economic damage they demand. They do demand! The state of climate knowledge is nowhere near as certain as they would like to present. Nobody, except reporters, really know the truth of our future climate, the future is unknown and we can all thank our gods for that.
Science and government are two ugly partners for sure and it’s not going to get better considering the current governmental situation around the world.