We should have been there–you skeptics and we lukewarmers both. We shouldn’t let those on the other side of the political fence claim science for their own.
Getting there might have been half the fun–we might have been dragged off of airplanes or at least hit in the head with a baby stroller. And certainly there would have been spirited discussions with those who think we’re crazy or funded by big oil.
But we should have been there. We have something to say about science and we should have marched for it.
We should have said that we long for the day when climate science returns to the methods and best practice that characterizes other branches of science.
We should have said that we actually agree with the consensus of scientists–that we too believe CO2 warms the atmosphere and that humans are contributing to the current warming–and then added that those are not the important questions being fought over.
We should have pointed out that eminent, respected, well-published scientists would have marched with us had they marched at all–names sniggered at by buffoons like Eli Rabett, like Freeman Dyson, Richard Lindzen, Nobel Laureate Ivar Giaevar, Judith Curry, John Christy and many others–that we could measure their pedigrees against the leading lights of alarmism without hesitation.
We should have been there.
We should have had signs that quoted the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, although they might have been wordy enough to necessitate banners instead of signs, with small type at that. It would have been difficult to organize chants for this: ” The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible” But we could have tried.
We could have worn t-shirts with appropriate slogans for hero and villain. Free the Data! Free the Code! Down with Piltdown Mann!
My favorite would have been ‘Anthropogenic Climate Change is real! Anthropomorphic Climate Change is a delusion.’
The consequences of not participating is a further marginalization of our respective efforts to rein in the policies of those who have run so far ahead of the science that they are out of sight as well as out of (their own) mind.
As Peter Fonda said to Dennis Hopper (not William Happer), ‘We blew it.’
Hope we get another chance at it.