Further to my post about “red flags,” https://brazil84.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/reason-1-cagw-has-the-red-flags-of-a-hoax/ , it occurs to me that there is another indication that CAGW is a hoax.
Specifically, in my experience, the warmists frequently evade or refuse to answer simple questions about their position. When an advocate refuses to answer simple, fair, tough questions, it’s often because the question exposes some serious flaw in his position which he is trying to obscure from others and even from himself.
For example, I recently asked a warmist blogger a simple yes or no question:
“Was there global warming between 1988 and 1998? (simple yes or no question).”
The bogger evaded the question and in fact deleted the parenthetical. Why would anyone evade a simple question like this?
The reason is that this blogger was on the horns of a dilemma. He had already claimed that global cooling between 1998 and 2009 was a “myth” in part because the time period involved is only 10 or 11 years. By the same logic, it follows that global warming between 1988 and 1998 is a “myth.” Which is is ridiculous on its face.
Personally, I am not afraid to answer simple questions about my position. Why should I be? If it demonstrates a problem with my position, it gives me the chance to discover I am wrong about something and learn more.
But warmists are in a different boat. They are invested in their hypothesis — emotionally, financially, or both. They are afraid of falling into a trap which will expose a weakness in their position. So they must evade questions.