When I was a kid there was a game shown on television known as “re-arrange the words into a well known phrase or saying”. Words on a magnetic board such as “saves in nine a time stitch” appeared and if the contestant could get it right he or she would win a prize. It was an asinine game but in those days there was only two television channels and not much else to watch.
That game is still being played today, particularly by politicians when talking of other politicians. Someone could speak or write ten thousand words but his or her enemy could select a few of them out of context to “prove” something which is not provable.
This game of rearranging sentences and words and meanings to fit a well rehearsed point of view was played when the email mails of researchers of the University of East Anglia were hacked into a few years ago and it is now being played when parts of a draft IPCC report has been leaked. Someone who thinks that anthropogenic climate change is nonsense has seized on a very small passage in a very long report and now claims “Full AR5 draft leaked here, contains game-changing admission of enhanced solar forcing”.
I suppose that is just about as fair a summary of the draft IPCC report as it would be of the nearly two thousand posts I have made, many about climate change, because in one post I wrote about solar forcing, because I have tried to be comprehensive in my understanding of climate change and have written about all theories that I know of.
The way that the email mails of researchers of the University of East Anglia works is by peer review. It may not be satisfactory but unless there is a genius thinker that we all know and trust, it has to be by a peer review of successive drafts which should, as all drafts should, remain confidential until all those peers have reached agreement upon a final draft. The sceptics should wait; the final report when published will be long enough and comprehensive enough for them to play “re-arrange the words into a well known phrase or saying” for as long as they like.
The draft report is at http://www.stopgreensuicide.com/
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