Climate Scientists Go on Strike? Oh Please Make It So!

A fun guy at a party

A fun guy at a party

I’ve written before here about the crashing bore that is Bill McKibben–the best exemplar of Churchill’s definition of a fanatic as someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.  But he deserves kudos for today’s toddler-like temper tantrum over at,  fittingly, MSNBC.com.  He’s suggesting that since politicians, including John Kerry, won’t listen to the climate science community, then climate scientists should go on strike.

So at this point it’s absurd to keep asking the scientific community to churn out more reports. In fact, it might almost be more useful if they went on strike: until you pay attention to what we’ve already told you, we won’t be telling you more. Work with what you’ve got. We’re a quarter-century ahead – when you deal with the trouble we’ve already described then we’ll tell you what’s coming next.

Oh please, climate science community!  Please, please take Mr. McKibben’s advice.  Imagine how many trees and electron-fueled pixels you’ll save.  We don’t really need any more of them anyway.  As McKibben rightly says, “by now the papers, indexes, footnotes and drafts would fill the Superdome.”  We’ll take back all of the Green Weenies we’ve given you (or give you more if you’re having a carbon-fueled cookout).

There is this little portion that I like: “They’ve done their job. (And they’ve done it for free – working on these endless IPCC reports is a volunteer job).”  Really?  None of these climate scientists gets foundation or government grants for their research?  None of the academics are able to count their climate work for tenure and promotion?  They do all of this off the books from their day jobs?  Yeah, right.  And Michael Mann will sell you his Nobel Prize certificate on eBay.  Cheap.

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