Sunday, 4 March 2012

“Peter Gleick’s great personal sacrifice”

From Junkscience - Susan C. Strong: “Peter Gleick’s great personal sacrifice”
Reframing Climate Change Now
Two big things have happened recently on the climate change front. The first, of course, is Peter Gleick’s great personal sacrifice–his desperate gamble taken to expose the Heartland Institute’s planned assault on climate science in our schools, funded by the Kochs and other fossil fuel interests.
I replied as follows:
Am I a lone voice in hoping that many more of Gleick's co-conspirators make such "great personal sacrifices"? In the mid-19th century, the British army organised bands of volunteers to storm the defences of besieged cities and towns. They were almost assured of death, but would achieve fame and reward if successful. They were known as the "forlorn hope", and carried weapons of choice.
The problem Mann, Trenberth, Hansen and others face is that there's no "city wall" to breach. They'll disappear into a jungle wilderness teeming with sceptic guerilla fighters, each armed with a brain and an internet connection. Let's not discourage them, but send them all invitations to "fair and open debate". Their heads will explode and they'll rush off brandishing their weapons of choice, be-it a hockey stick, a dubious correlation or even a scanner. Theirs is indeed "a forlorn hope", and time, like global temperature, is most definitely not on their side
"Once more unto the breach dear friends, once more, or close the wall up with our junk science!". (apologies to the Bard)
Satire in the service of truth.

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