I stumbled on this website slash project this morning.
Climate Change National Forum (CCNF) is a national platform, founded and led by scientists, to educate the American public on the science of climate change and its policy implications.
John Nielsen-Gammon writes: "Here’s the question you asked: “How many climate experts agree that the global warming we are witnessing is a direct consequence of the burning of fossil fuels by humans?”“Direct consequence” is very strong phrasing. To me, it means that the global warming has to be entirely caused by the burning of fossil fuels by humans. The IPCC doesn’t even believe that! Their best guess for the anthropogenic contribution is 100% plus or minus about 40%."
I received an email from a friend who took me to task for the way I approached this post. Since I can see that he is correct in his assessment, I feel that I should share his comment along with my response:
"You attribute a lot of what JNG [John Nielsen-Gammon] says to CCNF, which isn't accurate (or fair). CCNF is a project with the aim of being a collection of contributing scientists. Yet the quote in question is attributable only the JNG. You can't bash CCNF like that for something JNG said, especially when he said it in a comment thread."
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OK, fair enough, I was careless with my assumptions.
Guess it's because I find the whole "skeptical" community's obsession with the SkS Consensus Study and whether it's 97% or 95%, or is it all manmade, or is it just mainly manmade... juvenile and a disingenuous distraction from the real issues we desperately need to be thinking about.
This consensus study bashing is nothing more than another diversion to waste precious time - while the situation out in the real world begins to spiral out of our control. Like obsessing over the dings in the paint job, while not giving a dang about the mechanical condition of the vehicle.
But, I do stand corrected and I do apologize to CCNF and I will not repeat the error in future posts regarding John Nielsen-Gammon comments at the CCNF forum.