Hark, the sound of consensus

Per WRAL today:

… The exchange [at the the 88th annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society], captured by National Public Radio, illustrates how emotional the global warming debate has become for hurricane experts.

“Can you answer the question?” Landsea demanded.

“I’m not going to answer the question because it’s a stupid question,” Holland shot back.

“OK, let’s move on,” a moderator intervened.

The passion was no surprise to the TV weather forecasters, academic climatologists, government oceanographers and tornado chasers attending the meeting.

“One thing I’ve learned about coming to this conference over the years is that very few people agree on anything,” said Bill Massey, a former hurricane program manager at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“There’s a legitimate scientific debate going on and a healthy one, and scientists right now are trying to defuse the emotion and focus on the research,” said Robert Henson, the author of “The Rough Guide to Climate Change.” …

Guess which side of the debate boasts the man who refused to answer the “stupid question.”

Jon Sanders / Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies

Jon Sanders studies regulatory policy, a veritable kudzu of invasive government and unintended consequences. As director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation, Jo...