For some months now, I have struggled with this site.
In the political and economics arena, there never seems to be any shortage of stuff to write about. That is in large part because when I and others take a position, folks who disagree will respond, and interesting discussions rage back and forth between blogs.
For some years on this site, I have endeavored as a layman to help other laymen understand the key issues in the science. When I first started, I had assumed my role would be pure journalism, simplifying complex arguments for a wider audience. But I soon found that my background in modelling dynamic systems (both physical and social) allowed me to spot holes in the science on my own as well.
But of late I began to run down. Unlike in the political / economic world, there is little cross-talk between blogs on different sides of issues. I could flood the site with stupid media misinterpretations of the site, but it is not what I am trying to do here and besides Tom Nelson has that pretty well covered.
As in the political world, I try to read blogs on all sides of the debate, but in the climate world there was far less interaction. There is only so long I can go on repeating the same arguments in different ways. The problem is not that these arguments and holes in the science get quickly dispatched on other sites, it is that they get ignored. Both sides are guilty of this, but alarmists in particular thrive on knocking down straw men and refusing to address head on the best skeptics’ arguments (which is not to say that certain skeptic sites don’t have the same problem).
But the new Global Climate Change Impacts Report (pdf) released yesterday has re-energized me. This document represents such an embarrassment that it simply begs to be critiqued in depth. So over the coming weeks I will work through the report, in semi-random order, picking out particularly egregious omissions and inaccuracies.