I have now said farewell to readers a bazillion times–from Examiner.com, from The Liberal Skeptic, from 3000 Quads and at least once from here. Here’s the appropriate reaction to this farewell:
I’m moving permanently to Shanghai and won’t have access to WordPress. I’ll still be able to comment via email, but my next post will be an open thread that will be my last post for a while–not forever, mind you, just until I take a business trip to someplace without a Great Firewall.
I wish I could leave on a note of brilliance or even vehemence. But honestly, the Climate Wars are at least on pause, if not over. In case you missed it, the climate lost. Lots of people are still beating this dead horse, but the alarmists cried wolf once too often and what James Hansen called ‘stalled temperatures’ busted them.
It’s a real pity. CO2 emissions continue to rise, and we won’t have this confluence of minimal solar activity, flipped AMO/PDO cycles and who knows what else going in the opposite direction of the secular trend forever. And it’s going to bite our children in the butt. My guess is still for 2075 when we actually are forced to take climate change seriously.
And I don’t blame the skeptics. In my mind there is a special place in hell reserved for the alarmist jerks who refused to do what was needed to seal the deal. In 1976 when temperatures started to climb, the environmental movement was the most respected on earth–more than religion, more than political movements–even more than Star Wars. And arrogance, complacence and misguided contempt for the rest of the world caused them to lose a fight that needed to be won. By trotting out third grade scare stories and boogeymen, by refusing to speak to people as adults, by treating opponents as criminals they led us to we are today.
Let’s call the roll: Michael Mann, shoddy workman, arrogant child, power hungry jerk. Go to hell. Peter Gleick, thief, liar and fool–you too. Stephan Lewandowsky, charlatan, pimp and village idiot–begone,wretch.
Nah,can’t go on. It’s too depressing. You all can finish the list for me.
I’ll toss up an open thread in a day or so and say a last good-bye. Lots of people I want to thank for their support and others I want to thank for their contribution to the climate blogosphere overall. Nominations for that category also welcome.