From left, Drs David Wratt, Andy Reisinger and James Renwick.
Bob Carter and Bryan Leyland published a sceptical article in the Dom Post. Gareth Renowden penned a response which was republished on SciBlogs (run by the Science Media Centre), it’s scatalogical title signalling his customary toxic tone.
His article contributed nothing to the climate debate but its sheer offensiveness forced the Royal Society to give us space for rebuttal, which SciBlogs had refused. The decision to allow the insulting and poisonous Hot Topic blog to be mirrored on SciBlogs must be one of the worst decisions ever by the Royal Society. For no less scientific account of the dangers allegedly posed by our emissions scarcely exists, yet it is given sanctuary by an organisation founded upon the principles of science.
It is beyond disgraceful.
So I submitted a letter to the Dominion Post supporting Bob Carter and Bryan Leyland. It wasn’t published, perhaps because the word ‘deceit’ was taken as insulting. I changed it to ‘camouflage’ as follows:
We should all support Professor Bob Carter and Mr Bryan Leyland as they battle for a rational approach to climate change. But why has this unlikely battle arisen? Because, strangely, after more than 300 years of increasing practise of the scientific method, emptying churches and filling universities around the world, we now brazenly ignore the tenets of science and believe our global warming priesthood when they tell us we control the climate. Really? Hah!
But only thus could three senior public scientists tell us with a straight face: “There is no other plausible way to explain the observed changes.” For that’s not scientific observation, it’s ignorance—the opposite of the scientific method. With that statement, Drs Wratt, Reisinger and Renwick (WRR) abandon investigation and simply guess that we’re heating the earth to a dangerous degree.
The rest of their opinion piece is just anecdotal evidence of warming—and nothing shows it’s man-made. WRR can’t think of anything else and they’re confident that we did it. But with our understanding of climate forcings known everywhere as masked by doubt, their confidence is unmasked as camouflage.
Carter and Leyland demand better service for the New Zealand public. So do I.
Climate Conversation Group
There’ll be more to say on this, particularly if actually discussing the science of climate change ever catches on.