Monday, July 16, 2007

Global Warming Weasel Terms

Warming may bring hurricanes to Mediterranean is the title of a current Reuters article.
"This is the first study to detect this possibility," lead researcher Miguel Angel Gaertner of the University of Castilla-La Mancha in Toledo, Spain, told Reuters on Monday.
How convenient that so many articles supporting a "Global Warming is inevitable attitude" are able to use so many weasel terms. May, could, possibly, there is a chance, are a few of the terms that allow most of the "chicken little" crowd to win either way. If hurricanes come to the Mediterranean, they will say told you so. If hurricanes don't come to the Mediterranean, they will say we only said ________ (insert favorite weasel term here).

I must point out one exception. Al Gore says with certainty that it is settled. But then that's a Liberal Arts Major, not a Scientist speaking. Mr. Gore is a politician. He can afford to turn weasel terms into facts. But the Scientist, like Dr. Gaertner must hedge his bets by introducing a qualifier into his findings.
Gaertner said a large number of uncertainties remained and it was not yet possible to say which parts of the Mediterranean would be hardest hit. [Emphasis mine]
This leaves you and me in a quandary. Who do we believe? For me I choose the Scientist over the Politician. And the Scientiest as well as the Science of Climate Change is still unsettled. We need more Research before we allow the Politicians to Legislate Expensive solutions for a problem we're not sure exists.

As someone a lot smarter than me once said, "Politicians and Diapers need to be changed often and for the same reason."

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