An Interview with Dr. Curry on the Fat Cats of Climate
Posted by Jeff Id on February 28, 2012
James Stafford contacted me by email to ask me to call attention to his interview with Judith Curry.
“The IPCC might have outlived its usefulness. Let’s see what the next assessment report comes up with. But we are getting diminishing returns from these assessments, and they take up an enormous amount of scientists’ time.”
I think readers will enjoy it.
Dr. Curry and I share different views on something. I’m not sure what that might be, but this blog was cut from her blogroll during my critique of the BEST paper confidence interval she coauthored. She had not replied to me on the matter of BEST for months until recently when she said the team was probably too busy with other things but was considering it.
Anyway, I suspect that my politics may be the issue because in my opinion the IPCC never had a useful role in that it was designed from the beginning to do exactly what it is doing. Her opinion is common but in my view, it takes a little political naivete to think the IPCC could ever have been anything except what it is. Readers do not generally like to hear things which sound absolute. There is no discussion then. They prefer endless pedantic discussion along the lines of, ‘well if we just had openness’…. In reality, Climate Science funding would diminish under open operation and that is a means to an end I would like to see, but I prefer to write what is on my mind rather than what is most effective at achieving some goal. Readers may even prefer to hear – well it used to be ok but now it might be bad. Imagine how much fun we could have with that thread! In my opinion, the massive bulk of Climate Science simply cannot afford the change in operation of the IPCC but will be forced into it. They desperately need the center of authority to maintain their money-bloated consensus agenda but my made up global political computer model is predicting some lean years ahead for the fat cats of climate.
Still, I think readers will enjoy the article, there is plenty of meat in it and it should make for some good discussion. Also, it looks like she may be up to answering some questions at her blog.