It has been hot, very hot in the US, and the bunnies have noticed Richard Alley's guy in the corner shouting bloody murder. In weather like the US has been having, it is no longer a discussion between the guy on the blue side and the guy on the green side
This is certainly not both sides. If you want both sides, we would have to have somebody in here screaming a conniption fit on the red end, because you are hearing a very optimistic side
A few weeks ago, Eli pointed out that the question is not whether similar heat waves can be found in the meteorological records but how frequent such heat waves were in the past and are now. Here one finds a significantly higher percentage of extreme (three sigma) events and assigns the recurrence of such events and the events themselves as markers of climate change. Kevin Trenberth on the PBS news hour pointed out that an excellent marker is the balance between heat and cold records, which in the 1950s ran 1:1, in the last decade 2:1 and this year over 10:1. Something is happening out there folks.
To end the interchange Judy brings the churnalism
JUDY WOODRUFF: Something for scientists like you and others who study the climate to keep you busy, it sounds like.Trenberth is having no part of this minimalism
KEVIN TRENBERTH: Well, this is a view of the future. So, watch out.There is, dear bunnies, a push back acomin, because record high tempertures and tornadoes open minds. Bill Nye put it well
“I appreciate that we want to show two sides of the stories — there’s a tradition in journalism that goes back quite a ways, I guess — but the two sides aren’t equal here. You have tens of thousands of scientists who are very concerned and you have a few people who are in business of equating or drawing attention to the idea that uncertainty is the same as doubt. When you have a plus or minus percentage, that’s not the same thing as not believing the whole thing at all.”Nothing that has not been said, and this quote was picked up at Lawyers, Guns and Money. What really was interesting was the comments (more at the link). The folks over there know how to do the dozens on denial
Quail Runner says:
The problem with the climate change crowd is the deliberate conflating two separate issues.
1) Is the climate changing?
2) If so, is this caused by processes that can be controlled.
The first is easier to sell since the earth is always changing. It’s been warmer, it’s been cooler.
The second is much more problematic. We’re told it’s ‘Science’, but it’s not. There is no scientific process involved. It’s really opinions of scientists.
And maybe they have the edge on this who knows? But just know that it’s opinion, non the less and not science.
Just stop trying to fool the public, tell the truth and make your case honestly.