A fundamental problem with the entire issue here is that climate science is
not a classic, experimental science. As an emerging science of a complex,
chaotic climate system, it is plagued by uncertainty and ambiguity in both
observations and theory. Lacking classic, laboratory results, it easily
becomes hostage to opinion, groupthink, arguments-from-authority,
overstatement of confidence, and even Hollywood movies. When climate
scientists are placed in the limelight because this issue can generate
compelling disaster scenarios, we simply don’t want to say, “We just don’t
– Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science, John R. Christy, University of Alabama, Huntsville, Montreal, June 15.
Hat tip: Roger Pielke, Sr.