Saturday, December 05, 2009

Ongoing occlusion...

occluded frontUpdate 2: a wide variety of weather can be found along an occluded front (or occlusion), with thunderstorms possible... Storms ahead! An update to yesterday's Organised oration over from this morning's Times Online: "Met Office to re-examine 160 years of climate data"...after admitting that public confidence in the science on man-made global warming has been shattered. The UK's Met Office database is one of three main sources of temperature data analysis on which the UN's climate change science body relies on.

"The Government is attempting to stop the Met Office from carrying out the re-examination, arguing that it would be seized upon by climate change sceptics."

Is it just me, or do they seem to be using "sceptic" - amongst other things - as an insult now?

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4 comments:

Paul said...

I think the problem is that all the eggs have been placed in the 'man made' basket.

I actually agree with David Davis who said that the climate is changing but we don't know why and blaming emissions seems easy to do.

This post will self destruct after 24 hours to avoid the humiliation of being seen to agree with a Conservative politician.

Span Ows said...

aggghhhh...you posted while I was updating! Did you see the photo appear?

I agree. Sun spots seem another major possibility but the insistence and jump to belittle/insult anyone who may be a "denialist" (another term I've seen today...sinister stuff!) just adds salt to the wounds and turns - in the eyes of the "pro" group - those who would just like to see the evidence into raving, right wing baby eating loons.

The way they move the goalposts is a sure sign they're not sure i.e. what you say, I don't think ANYONE really denies climate change.

The Great Simpleton said...

Is it just me, or do they seem to be using "sceptic" - amongst other things - as an insult now?
Its been that way for 5 years or more.

"Skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches as opposed to him who asserts and thinks that he has found." [Miguel de Unamuno, "Essays and Soliloquies," 1924]"
(http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=skeptic)

The opposite of skeptic is gullible.

Span Ows said...

Welcome back! That's a good description that I shall have to remember.

Also good stuff on UK Skeptics (just went and had a look!): HERE