We have frequently quoted Dr. Roy Spencer, principal research scientist at the University of Alabama, and former NASA climatologist, on the subject of global warming. His recent primer on the whole global warming debate was especially good.
Dr. Spencer has followed up that piece with a report on the current status of the GW debate. He offers cautious hope that the tide is turning in the scientific community.
I’m happy to report that we skeptics have been getting a steady stream of new recruits. In the last year or so, more and more scientists have been coming out of the closet and admitting they’ve had some doubts about this whole global warming thing.
In fact, chances are that your favorite TV weather person is a closet skeptic (unless it’s Heidi Cullen). But please observe the “don’t ask – don’t tell” rule. Most broadcast meteorologists are not ready for the public embarrassment that would accompany their outing.
And lastly, I have been heartened by new scientific intelligence that we skeptics have been gathering. I can predict there are more surprises to come, with some pretty powerful tactical weapons yet to be deployed. Climate scientists are beginning to question long held assumptions – which is almost always the first step toward a major scientific discovery. So stay tuned.
He also describes some embarrassing errors that have recently been uncovered regarding how climate data is collected, errors that significantly undercut the whole basis for the current scare.