I didn’t follow the George Will Climate Crank Controversy very closely on this blog. You can read a comprehensive play-by-play from Adam Siegel here.
The good news is, two new shots were fired today by the forces of sanity, in the pages of the Washington Post, which hosted Will’s original idiocy. The first is an op-ed from science writer Chris Mooney: “Climate Change Myths and Facts.” It’s a piece-by-piece dismantling of Will’s deceptions, attended by a plea for more serious journalistic standards.
Then there’s a letter to the editor from Michel Jarraud, Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization: “Understanding Climate Change.” It begins:
Data collected over the past 150 years by the 188 members of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) through observing networks of tens of thousands of stations on land, at sea, in the air and from constellations of weather and climate satellites lead to an unequivocal conclusion: The observed increase in global surface temperatures is a manifestation of global warming. Warming has accelerated particularly in the past 20 years.
I’m sure we can expect an embarrassed apology from George Will any second.