To talk about “sceptics” as the ones who will “seize” upon “evidence” of flaws is unwittingly to make global warming into a matter of religion and not science. It’s not the skeptics who look bad. “Seize” sounds willful, but science should motivate us to grab at evidence. It’s the nonskeptics who look bad. It’s not science to be a true believer who wants to ignore new evidence. It’s not science to support a man who has the job of being a scientist but doesn’t adhere to the methods of science.
The BBC interviews Phil Jones:
B – Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming
Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level. Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods, and much less likely for shorter periods.The Daily Mail headline:
Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits: There has been no global warming since 1995
As of press time, Ms. Althouse has yet to defend people who “seize” upon “evidence” that everyone in the global warming denial camp is a “semi-literate nutter” who believes everything they read on the “intertubes”.
Quickly, for those who may be confused: exactly 0 (zero) scientific breakthroughs have ever been achieved thanks to internet weblogs, or British tabloids, or any ménage of the two. Again, I’m not sure how it came to be understood that this was the real scientific method, and that what those so-called “scientists” have been doing all this time is some flimsy political-religious sophistry which can be conclusively debunked by anyone with an internet connection, but this is actually a very silly thing to believe. Or, to put it another way, I suggest we be “sceptics” of this sadly pervasive belief, and “seize” upon the infinite “evidence” that this is a completely fucking retarded thing to think. And stop listening to dumbasses.