For a number of years the most zealous of climate activists acted as though they didn't need to convince anybody, because they intended to compel everybody to follow their commandments. They also acted as though those commandments were chiseled on stone tablets.
We've reached a turning point, where (almost) everyone realizes that the IPCC reports are not holy writ. What happens next does not really depend on skeptics or lukewarmers. It depends on the faithful.
There are climate activists writing today who are pretending Michael Mann has been exonerated (he faces further investigation next month). There are those who are saying that the IPCC reports only have a few mistakes scattered among 6,000 pages of reports. The smarter activists aren't saying much of anything these days, waiting, as they have in the past, for things to settle down so they can pretend nothing happened at all. I don't think that's going to work this time, but it has in the past, so.... you can't blame them for trying.
What the really smart activist (haven't seen signs of one... but maybe they're swamped by the marketing drivel their team puts out) would do right now is to say some very obvious things.
The IPCC report writing mechanism is broken and needs to be repaired immediately. The IPCC itself probably needs to be professionalised and reorganised. Too many people working for free means that nobody is responsible for error.
They shouldn't stop there. They should say that there is evidence of climate change and a very good chance that we're contributing to it. Seasons start and end earlier. Ice formation at both poles is acting very strangely. We don't understand all of what is happening, but it is fairly clear that something is actually happening.
They should also be changing some of their prescriptive advice. Instead of telling us we need to change everything about the way we live because of CO2 emissions, they should say this:
"Conserving energy is always good practice. If it helps our climate a little, so much the better."
"Weatherising your home and/or office saves you money. It may also help the climate."
"Better gas mileage means less dependence on foreign oil. It also reduces pollution and may help the climate."
"Coal is dirty, coal mining is dangerous and removing the tops of mountains to get coal makes them ugly. If natural gas, nuclear, solar or wind power produces electricity in a cleaner fashion, we all benefit. Diverting government subsidies from dirty power to clean power helps send a signal on where we want to go."
For most of the activist voices, their egos are so involved that it is unlikely they would ever let climate change have second billing. And yet the logic is clear. Doing the right thing for our country's use of energy happens to also be the right thing for the planet. Surely there is one among them who understands that.
If they don't, the turning that happens will be away from climate change as an agenda item in policy discussions. I have to believe that this issue is important enough that they will not let that happen. If I'm wrong, then the contempt I feel for some of the charlatans on the stage today will have to be extended to a much wider body--those who parroted the song's refrain without understanding the lyrics.
Steve Mosher and I have written a book about the leaked emails that have caused so much controversy. The title is Climategate: The CRUtape Letters. It is available on [url=https://www.createspace.com/3423467]Create Space here[/url], Amazon here
, Kindle here
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. One Amazon reviewer wrote, "Mosher and Fuller do a good job putting the ClimateGate documents in context, and the book is a riveting read. I received my copy yesterday, and find the book to be faithful to the climate war events that I have followed over a period of years. It reports actual email communications of a small group of paleoclimatologists and their roles in perhaps the biggest scientific hoax since Piltdown Man."
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