by Judith Curry
I was going to try to ignore Al Gore’s 24 Hours of Climate Reality, but I am starting to get queries from journalists.
Here is my response to the journalist’s query:
If the intent of Al Gore’s telethon is to garner broad support for climate and energy policies such as proposed by the UNFCCC (e.g. the Kyoto protocol), I anticipate that this effort will backfire and energize the opposition to such policies. As a scientist I find the mantra “remove the doubt, reveal the deniers” to be objectionable and antithetical to the scientific process. Just today, Physics Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaver explains his resignation from the American Physical Society, objecting to the word “incontrovertible” in the APS statement on climate change: “In the APS it is ok to discuss whether the mass of the proton changes over time and how a multi-universe behaves, but the evidence of global warming is incontrovertible?” Gore’s effort will further polarize an already inflamed and politicized debate surrounding the science and policy response to climate change. The climate change issue is in dire need of a critical assessment that includes a much better assessment of uncertainty and areas of ignorance than has been hitherto provided by the IPCC. Uncertainty is key information for decision makers in assessing the risks and in developing a range of policy options. Robust solutions require a real understanding of the full range of possibilities in terms of outcomes and their associated uncertainties.
I may have more to say on this as the event unfolds and reactions are published.
Josh has been hard at work, his tip jar is here.