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Celebrating Rigour in Climate Studies

Revenge of the Climate Laymen - WSJ.com

Mr. McIntyre is first to admit his work is no bullet aimed at the heart of the theory of man-made climate change. Rather, his work—chronicled in papers co-written with environmental economist Ross McKitrick and more than 7,000 posts on his Climateaudit.org Weblog—does something much more important: It illustrates the uncertainty of a science presented as so infallible as to justify huge new taxes on rich countries along with bribes to poor ones in order to halt their fossil-fueled climbs to prosperity. Mr. McIntyre offers what many in the field do not: rigor....

The climate establishment will probably never thank Mr. McIntyre, much less follow his example. The rest of us should do both.

Amen.

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Amen indeed!

"Mr. McIntyre is first to admit his work is no bullet aimed at the heart of the theory of man-made climate change."

He is quite right of course, although I fear his opponents do not see it that way. Their reputations and research grants are based, not on the theory of man-made climate change but on the idea of catastrophic runaway global warming.

The pillars of CAGW are the climate models.

The cement and sand of the pillars are the high CO2 sensitivity coefficients and the positive feedback effects of water in the atmosphere.

The foundation stone under these pillars is the idea that current global temperatures are unprecedented (a global medieval warm period, warmer than today, would simply refute all the models).

McIntyre's contribution is to prove that the foundation is at best crumbling and at worst made of sand. That is why his opponents use his name in hushed tones, that is why they never cede one inch to him even when it makes them look inept, secretive and unscientific.

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