Saturday, January 30, 2016
John Cook, the crook Cook
Shearer's cooks tend to be a rough lot and an old shearer once told me that there are three types of shearer's cook: Cooks, crook cooks and wilful murderers. John Cook is not a wilful murderer.
He has written a number of articles (e.g. here) in which he explores the apparent mystery that a lot of people don't believe that dangerous global warming is going on.
He thinks the science is settled (even though his own research shows two thirds of climate scientists taking no position on global warming) so everybody should believe it. He therefore puts forward various explanations for why some people do not believe it. In effect he treats climate skepticism as a form of mental illness that needs to be diagnosed and cured. Leftists have of course been calling conservatives maladjusted at least as far back as 1950 so Cook is offensive but hardly novel in his approach.
I can find nothing in Cook's writings that gives a reason why one should believe that catastrophic warming is imminent. The known temperature facts are not at issue. There was an overall warming during the 20th century of about two thirds of one degree Celsius and no statistically significant warming in the 21st century. That's what the Warmist data shows and I agree with it. So the warming we did have was trivial and even that has now stopped. I would like Mr Cook to tell me what there is to worry about in that situation.
I live only about 15 minutes from where Mr Cook works so he could even come and tell me in person. I in fact challenge him to do that. What scientific fact have I overlooked? I have not found such a fact so far yet but I am always open to new information. He wants to persuade people of the truth of his beliefs so let him start with me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
He will probably find out, however, that I taught research methods and statistics at a major Australian university for a number of years, so will run like a scalded cat from any contact with me -- JR.
Posted by John J. Ray (M.A.; Ph.D.).