Says climate science not settled

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 8, 2013 

A funny thing seems to have happened on the way to the climate catastrophe. The climate has refused to play ball. Global temperatures have been stable for almost 17 years. A couple of quotes from Hans Storch, the lead author of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, in an interview with Der Spiegel, one of Germany's leading newspapers, will serve to make the point.

"If things continue as they have been, in five years, at the latest, we will need to acknowledge that something is fundamentally wrong with our climate models. A 20-year pause in global warming does not occur in a single modeled scenario. But even today, we are finding it very difficult to reconcile actual temperature trends with our expectations.

"Certainly the greatest mistake of climate researchers has been giving the impression that they are declaring the definitive truth.... The only thing that was bad was acting beforehand as if we were infallible. By doing so, we have gambled away the most important asset we have as scientists: the public's trust. We went through something similar with deforestation, too."

It is nice to hear one of the leading climate scientists finally admit that the science is far from settled.

Robert M. Thorndike

Bellingham

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