Well! After a week which started with a bit of a laugh over something funny Gavin Schmidt said (more on that soon), things went rapidly downhill, with
Wyatt Erp Willis Eschenbach getting “a bit gruffy” about my decision to prevent Joel the AGW phantasy phixated physicist from making the threads here “a bit ragged and Shore worn”. What this self proclaimed “climate heretic” wants with the sheriff’s job is beyond me. Who ever heard of heretics getting into law enforcement? Is it a case of “If you can’t beat em, join ’em, and beat someone else up”?
The following day, the “reformed cowboy” let fly with another blast against Nikolov and Zeller, the two scientists who have wandered casually into the climate blogosphere with their interesting and promising ‘Unified Theory of Climate‘ first published here at the end of last year. They thought they would get a welcoming reception from the sceptical side of the climate community because their theory shows that ‘greenhouse gases’ don’t have a whole lot to do with warming planetary surfaces up. They didn’t expect that some of the most prominent
lukewarmers guest posters on the world’s biggest climate site would completely misrepresent what they were saying and try to strangle the newborn babe and bury it pronto. Why would this be? they wondered. Don’t we all?
Meanwhile, old hand Hans Jelbring watched patiently and kept up work on his new paper, which the Talkshop proudly presented to the world on his behalf in the small hours (UK time) this morning. Konrad Hartmann conducted a simple and nicely executed experiment verifying N&Z’s theory section on atmopheric temperature enhancement. I’ve been seriously busy overseeing the culmination of two years work, and British Telecom screwed up my internet connection so I’m back to using a mobile phone and a netbook again.
Climate blog butterfly and troubador Markus spotted a nice quote from new WUWT guest post star Robert Brown (originally promoted here at the talkshop after a stonkingly interesting comment at WUWT), in which Robert seems to be retreating from his earlier hardline anti N&Z position. Willis of the wild west has had to swallow a couple of setbacks in his anti N&Z tirades too. A large number of WUWT commenters have given up in disgust and headed on over here for a pleasanter debate. They are welcome.
So where will it go from here? Nikolov and Zeller plan to publish the second part of their ‘response to comments’ here at the Talkshop in a week or so. Willis would rather crawl across broken glass to have red hot needles poked in his eyes than visit a site which has barred him from gobbing off there, so we might get a few days peace to consider it in too. Meantime, a few of the consequences of their theory are starting to emerge in the thoughts of out of the box thinkers like Harry Dale Huffman, Bill Gilbert, Lucy Skywalker, Wayne job and Stephen Wilde among many others. The future for climate science is looking clearer and brighter to me, thanks to the solid work of real scientists who remain unmoved by the hystrionics of amateurs whose pet theories are in danger of being made irrelevant. We wish them well with their plans for eventual journal publication and keep our door open to considerate airspace sharing people with genuine, thoughtful, and polite contributions to make.