Every day something gets published about the Climate Change Wars that is truly irrelevant. There are far too many journalists, bloggers and even scientists feeling the need to put something–anything–online that may either bolster their case or undermine that of their opponents.
Today I will highlight the strange case of a professor of music at the University of Graz in Austria. A firm believer in the worst-case scenarios of future global warming and its effects, he made some intemperate remarks on his website about those with opposing views, whom he characterized as ‘deniers’ and accused of causing ‘hundreds of millions of deaths.’ He is wrong on the facts and was needlessly insulting. He’s not the first.
Who cares? Why did skeptic bloggers publicize this and demand retractions, resignations, etc.? He’s a professor of music.
Well, he apologized and the University did as well. So that was another round of storifying in the blogosphere. Nothing to do with science. Nothing to do with policy. Nothing to do with just about anything, just giving writers something to do.
We may not be proving either side of the climate change proposition. But we are providing evidence that Nature abhors a vacuum.
There are too many days like this.