A New Zealand Skeptic Blog?

This will be a very brief post, as I am guessing that you may like to know something about why I would want to create this blog. A few years ago, whilst living in China, I had some time on my hands, and engaged in several online debates about what was then referred to as anthropogenic global warming (AGW). I was, putting it bluntly, shouted down.

However, I persisted, and found that, lacking any other arguments than ‘scientific consensus’ and models of climate as a foundation, the attacks became personal. I don’t recall the exact wording of all the attacks, but ‘flat earther’ was one example. It was all a bit depressing. Since then, I have followed the debates, the arguments, the vindictive attacks, the sheer unpleasantness of the whole ‘warmist’ versus ‘denier’ with some sense of horror. This is not how debate should be addressed.

As such, I approach this blog with a skeptical stance, in that I do not believe there is any convincing evidence for anthropogenic global warming, but do so (I hope) in a polite way. I may become somewhat less polite where there are strong cases of scientific dishonesty, or attempts to manipulate the debate by hiding scientific data (and some other methods which are not about science but are about advocacy). However, I will not be impolite with those who disagree with me in the comments section, and will try to remain polite, even where people respond impolitely.

As for my expertise –  I have undertaken scientific research, and have been interested in the subject for a number of years. In fact, long, long ago – before (I would guess) 99% of people had heard of climate change – I was actually on the AGW side of the debate. I changed my mind several years ago, as I reviewed the evidence in more detail.

Am I claiming scientific expertise in subjects x, y or z? No. But most scientists, both for and against the AGW thesis, also only have one area of expertise, and are therefore inexpert in many of the sciences that together constitute climate science. However, my aim here is not to review the details of the scientific evidence, and I will rely on better informed fellow skeptics to do that for me. I am more interested in the process of the science, the politics, and the economics of the subject of climate change. I am interested in how we got to where we are today, with the furious debate that is taking place.

Most of all – I am concerned with the economic impact of climate change legislation – both here in New Zealand, and around the world.

With some good intentions, I commence the blog. I hope that those who agree and disagree with me will take a constructive view.




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