Are My Days of Freedom Numbered?
By Arnold Kling
James Hansen, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, will today call for the chief executives of large fossil fuel companies to be put on trial for high crimes against humanity and nature, accusing them of actively spreading doubt about global warming in the same way that tobacco companies blurred the links between smoking and cancer.
Thus, the sainted “whistle-blower” wants those of us who disagree with him put in prison. If the oil executives belong there, then so do I.
Remember the lawyer’s maxim that if the facts are with you, then argue the facts. If the law is with you, then argue the law. If neither is with you, pound the table.
Hansen sounds to me like a table-pounder. Instead, he should be trying to explain how a scientifically literate person can form a confidence interval for the feedback parameters in climate models.