Archive for March, 2010

Researchers as Advocates

March 3, 2010

According to wattsupwiththat, a fairly prominent warmist researcher was recently quoted as follows:

“Climate scientists are paid to do climate science,” said Gavin A. Schmidt, a senior climatologist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies. “Their job is not persuading the public.”

However, Dr. Schmidt is also apparently actively involved in what is probably the most prominent warmist blog,

“RealClimate is a commentary site on climate science by working climate scientists for the interested public and journalists.”

The problem I see here is one that seems pretty common in climate science.  Folks like Gavin Schmidt pretend that they are disinterested researchers when the reality is that they are advocates.  Similarly, people like to pretend that the IPCC reports are neutral, even-handed assessments when in reality they have an agenda.

This is especially troubling given the degree to which we are asked to simply trust these folks.