Oh, Climate

So what about those stolen emails from the climate scientists who were playing footloose & fancy free with the facts? Was it all Cande?

Let’s hear from Thomas Friedman of the New York Times, Sarah Palin and a climate scientist from UCLA…

“Frankly, I found it very disappointing to read a leading climate scientist writing that he used a ‘trick’ to ‘hide’ a putative decline in temperatures or was keeping contradictory research from getting a proper hearing. Yes, the climate-denier community, funded by big oil, has published all sorts of bogus science for years — and the world never made a fuss. That, though, is no excuse for serious climatologists not adhering to the highest scientific standards at all times.

That said, be serious: The evidence that our planet, since the Industrial Revolution, has been on a broad warming trend outside the normal variation patterns — with periodic micro-cooling phases — has been documented by a variety of independent research centers.

As this paper just reported: ‘Despite recent fluctuations in global temperature year to year, which fueled claims of global cooling, a sustained global warming trend shows no signs of ending, according to new analysis by the World Meteorological Organization made public on Tuesday. The decade of the 2000s is very likely the warmest decade in the modern record.’ ”

–Thomas Friedman for the New York Times

“Our representatives in Copenhagen should remember that good environmental policymaking is about weighing real-world costs and benefits – not pursuing a political agenda. That’s not to say I deny the reality of some changes in climate – far from it. I saw the impact of changing weather patterns firsthand while serving as governor of our only Arctic state. I was one of the first governors to create a subcabinet to deal specifically with the issue and to recommend common-sense policies to respond to the coastal erosion, thawing permafrost and retreating sea ice that affect Alaska’s communities and infrastructure.

But while we recognize the occurrence of these natural, cyclical environmental trends, we can’t say with assurance that man’s activities cause weather changes.”

–Former governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Sarah Palin

“The Jones and Mann reconstructions are drops in a global flood of evidence that something is going on with the world’s climate and environments that we had better take note of. The climate change summit in Copenhagen remains completely justified in tackling the issue of climate warming now rather than later. In this regard, Climategate is a dangerous distraction from a frighteningly urgent threat.”

–Glen MacDonald is a climate change scientist, UC presidential chair and director of the UCLA Institute of the Environment

sources:

Thomas Friedman…

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/09/opinion/09friedman.html?_r=1

Sarah Palin…

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2009/dec/09/sarah-palin-obama-boycott-copenhagen

Glen MacDonald, climate scientist from UCLA…

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-macdonald9-2009dec09,0,7575923.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fmostviewed+%28L.A.+Times+-+Most+Viewed+Stories%29

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