UPDATE: As reader Harry points out, Rossiter’s last entry was made in May 2013, and not 2014, as I mistakenly believed. Therefore Rossiter’s Wall Street Journal op-ed is a actually a (welcome) breach of his promise of never to discuss climate.
The good side of this is that hopefully he will speak out more in the future as well.
The original post has been modified (17 June 2014, 14:37 CET).
Obviously the searing heat felt in the climate science debate was just too much for Caleb S. Rossiter to take last year.
At his blog on climate science he made his last entry on May 13, 2013 where he seemed to throw in the towel for good.
The criticism and hatred fired his way for his refusal to believe the AGW science must have been horrendous: He announced he was quitting the climate debate, citing exaggerations in the science that “make my blood boil” and scientists behaving “like lawyers inflaming a jury“.
What follows are some excerpts of his last entry at his climate blog:
May 13, 2013: My Last Piece on “Climate Change”: The Debate is finally over on “Global Warming — Because Nobody will Debate.”
I am deserting from the Climate War. I will never write another climate article or give another climate talk, …. when I hear or see the sort of exaggerations and certainties about the dangers of heat-trapping gasses that tend to make my blood boil at their absurdity. …
This is real. There is simply too little room for true debate, because the policy space is dominated by people who approach this issue not like scholars weighing evidence, but like lawyers inflaming a jury with suspect data and illogical and emotional arguments. …
The believers in human–induced catastrophic climate change, strongly represented among the liberal and radical left of American and international politics, have won the mainstream media and government battle for the conventional wisdom, but lost the war for policy change.
Read Rossiter’s last post here (May 13).
Obviously he views the problems in the climate science debate in the gravest terms. So it’s good he broke his promise and decided to marshal his considerable influence to counter the problem, i.e. not to choose sides but to communicate the real facts to the public.
I hope he continues speaking out because I would think he has the potential to make a serious difference on the issue. Right or left, the truth needs all the help it can get.