I haven't done much on the climate science denial front lately, since it's gotten too depressing, especially for those of us who pay attention to the increasing imbalance and the ongoing and unsustainable degradation of our Earth's biosphere.
Besides, seems to me it's not a problem with climate sciences, or the scientists who do it, we have achieved a plenty good at understanding the mechanisms unfolding within our global heat and moisture distribution engine and biosphere. (Just need to be willing to do your homework and honestly learn about it.)
The problem is with the delusional thinking people love to wrap themselves within.
Which is why I've move on a bit and why I undertook: Donald Hoffman Playing Basketball In Zero-gravity, my book review and student resource building project.
Interestingly, lately I've been thinking about Ben Santer and how he's been doing these days - since his case, seemed to me, one of the first where climate science denialists showed their complete willingness to engage in no holds barred, malicious, ruthless misrepresentations, character assassinations, and dirty tricks. Then I read the following and figured why not give it a little more web presence, it's worth reading and thinking about.
August 27, 2020 - TheConversation.com
May 16, 2014 - BillMoyers.com
February 12, 2012 - SkepticalScience.com
February 24, 2010 - RealClimate.org
Dr. Ben Santer: ' ism Has No Place at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory'
Posted on 25 May 2021 by Guest Author, Ben Santer
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Professor Steven Koonin to give a seminar on May 27, 2021. Professor Koonin’s seminar will cover material contained in a book he published on May 4. His book is entitled “Unsettled”. Its basic thesis is that science is not trustworthy.) has invited
Professor Koonin is not ascientist. I am. I have worked at since 1992. My primary job is to evaluate computer models of the . I also seek to improve understanding of human and natural influences on .
In collaboration with scientific colleagues around the world, our research group at human “ at Earth’s surface, in the s” in temperature changes , and in the oceans. We have also found human s in rainfall and moisture. ’s research is one small part of a large body of evidence that contributed to scientific findings of a “discernible human influence on global ”.has identified
I have interacted with Professor Koonin since late 2013. Back then, he argued that uncertainties in science were large and were not fully acknowledged by scientists. In his view, science was not sufficiently “mature” to be useful to policymakers. Similar claims are advanced in his new book.
It is simply untrue that Prof. Koonin is confrontingscientists with unpleasant facts they ignored or failed to understand.
The science community treats uncertainties in an open and transparent way. It has done so for decades. At , we routinely consider whether uncertainties in models, observations, and natural climatic variability call into question findings of a large human influence on global . They do not.
It is of concern to me that Professor Koonin will be speaking at. He is not an authoritative voice on science. scientists have devoted their careers to measuring, modeling, and understanding changes in the . Professor Koonin has not.
The decision to invite Professor Koonin will not helpto attract and retain the best and brightest scientists. More importantly, is participating in the dissemination of Professor Koonin’s incorrect views on science. This makes it more difficult for US citizens to reach informed, science-based decisions on appropriate responses to .
We live in a democracy. Free speech is important. It is important to hear diverse perspectives on issues of societal concern. It is equally important for US citizens to receive the best-available scientific information on the reality and seriousness of. The National Laboratories should be providing this information. When they provide inaccurate and misleading information, there should be ample opportunity for actual scientists to set the record straight.
I conveyed tomanagement my concerns about the decision to invite Professor Koonin to speak at Livermore. I do not believe my concerns were adequately addressed. I therefore decided that I will no longer have any affiliation with after I retire on September 30, 2021. There is no personal satisfaction in this decision.
Writing and releasing this statement may be viewed by some as an act of disloyalty. I do not see it that way. I chose to remain loyal to the integrity of this research is challenged.science we have performed at for over three decades. I do not intend to remain silent while the credibility and
Ben Santer is an atmospheric scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He studies natural and human “s” in observed records. His early research contributed to the historic 1995 conclusion of the : “the balance of evidence suggests a discernible human influence on global .” Ben holds a doctorate in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. After completing his .D. in 1987, he spent five years at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, where he worked on developing and applying methods. Ben joined Lawrence Livermore in 1992. Ben has received a number of awards for his research. These include a MacArthur Fellowship (1998), membership in the US National Academy of Sciences (2011), and the Procter Prize (2019). The most significant awards are the friendships he has made during his career. He currently serves on the board of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
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