Hulme is a climate scientist at the University of East Anglia — home of the Climatic Research Unit, which is at the center of the email controversy. And his column crystallizes the overarching issues better than most other things on the subject that I have read.
Climate scientists, he says, “have become proxies for political battles. The consequence is that science, as a form of open and critical enquiry, deteriorates while the more appropriate forums for ideological battles are ignored.”
The hearings today before a House Committee — at which Rep. James Sensenbrenner charged that climate science has begun to look like “fascism” — offer some evidence for his case.
What’s the way out of this mess?