Will Steffen responds to some criticism of the Climate Commission’s latest report by The Australian. His sense of indignation is clear.
We must not be tempted to shoot the messenger just because they have bad news. That is never a good strategy for dealing with bad news from your family doctor, nor is it a good strategy for dealing with bad news from scientists who point to serious challenges facing society as a whole.
Criticising a scientific report now counts as shooting the messenger? What is the alternative? Blindly accept everything the Climate Commission spews out? Once again, Steffen proves how awfully oversensitive he is, in the same way he deemed criticism of Tim Flannery to be “vicious“.
It is time to stop the phony, divisive, manufactured “debate” on climate science, and move on to solutions to the climate change challenge.
Let’s not argue if the climate is dominated by negative or positive feedbacks because it is “divisive”. Let’s not discuss the role of cosmic rays and solar activity because that would mean we’re disagreeing. Let’s not mention problems with the models like the lack of warming for that past decade, because that gives the impression that there are problems with the models. This is nothing more than an attempt to intimidate opponents into conformity, by accusing dissenters of attacking the messenger (like they did with the non-death threats) and being divisive.
ACM weighs in.