Tuesday, October 22, 2013
James Lovelock (Another Former Alarmist Who's Come to His Senses), Unplugged
"I was utterly disgusted (at Climategate). My second thought was that this was inevitable. It was bound to happen. Science, not so very long ago, pre-1960s, was largely vocational. back when I was young, I didn't want to do anything else other than be a scientist. They're not like that nowadays. They don't give a damn. They go to these massive mass-produced universities and churn them out. They say, 'Science is a good career. You can get a job for life doing government work.' That's no way to do science.............I have seen this happen before, of course. We should have been warned by the CFC/ozone affair because the corruption of science in that was so bad that something like 80% of the measurements being made during that time were either faked or incompetently done.............Fudging the data (a la Professor Mann fusing two data sets) in any way whatsoever is quite literally a sin against the holy ghost of science. I'm not religious, but I put it that way because I feel so strongly. It's the one thing you do not ever do. You've got to have standards.............The great climate centers around the world are more than well aware how weak their science is. If you talk to them privately they're scared stiff of the fact that they don't really know what the clouds and aerosols are doing.............We do need skepticism about the predictions about what will happen to the climate in 50 years, or whatever. It's almost naive, scientifically speaking, to think that we can give relatively accurate predictions for future climate. There are so many variables that it's wrong to do it."............Brick by brick, folks, it's all crumbling down.