They’re wheeling them all out, much of it in desperate response to the compelling Marcott et al graphics coming out:
- Golden Horseshoe winner David Rose
- Larry Bell
- James Taylor
- the bad Easterbrook, doing the tired denier trick of confusing Greenland with the world
- some space cadets
- even Willy Soon and David Legates are getting in on the action! Remember them?
I suppose each of these ought to be fisked. But who has time and can righteously do the fisking?
If there’s a single grain of sense in all this posturing I haven’t seen it. But it goes on. Remember, folks, what your National Academy says:
There is a strong, credible body of evidence, based on multiple lines of research, documenting that climate is changing and that these changes are in large part caused by human activities. While much remains to be learned, the core phenomenon, scientific questions, and hypotheses have been examined thoroughly and have stood firm in the face of serious scientific debate and careful evaluation of alternative explanations…
Some scientific conclusions or theories have been so thoroughly examined and tested, and supported by so many independent observations and results, that their likelihood of subsequently being found to be wrong is vanishingly small. Such conclusions and theories are then regarded as settled facts. This is the case for the conclusions that the Earth system is warming and that much of this warming is very likely due to human activities.
Then consider why so much nonsense exists and thrives. It turns out to be important. And start collecting nominees for the 2013 Golden Horseshoe Award! It looks like it will be a crowded field again this year.
UPDATE: See also Peter Gleick’s reposting of the 255 signatory Science letter of 2010.