This issue is about causes, not effects.Even if we were to assume the above two to be true, the following remains:
1. The above scientists are a small number of the total number of climate change scientists worldwide, along with other research from a variety of disciplines documenting the effects on flora, fauna and human life that climate change is already having. We're experiencing the effects now - no need to wait for the future. That's what the video highlighted as well.
So basically, you're the cop saying "nothing to see here, move along".2. There is a variety of evidence used to document climate change. The temperatures from weather stations across the globe is actually just one way. The evidence from this line, in spite of tampering by the other side, still shows that temperatures have been increasing. All the other types of evidence hold as well. That is how scientific progress is made - through a preponderance of evidence. We know which side this preponderance is on. One sensationalist Calgary Herald article or an incredibly politicized administration is not going to change the evidence.
Peer review is not a perfect process. Don't pretend that it is.3. Taking the emails, the issue really highlighted here, at face value -- it should be clearly pointed out that these scientists along with hundreds of others pointing to similar effects have published their findings in peer-reviewed academic journals. These follow a blind process where their peers would have closely examined the data and results. This takes 6-8 months with revisions. It's not so simple to publish an academic piece without serious review in these top journals.
The Bush administration was incompetent in many ways. But they were politicians. It should be expected that they're full of shit.4. There is clear evidence (former administration officials confessing their role) that the Bush administration did a lot of harm to the evidence provided by climate change scientists, including changing the wording of their reports to undermine the urgency of the subject.
This issue has moved far beyond science. It's now far more political than scientific, which has raised the stakes. That's why it's getting so nasty.It's not a question of conversion, it is one of making up your own mind based on the evidence provided to you and an understanding of how scientific progress is made. If you pick up two reports of 100 and use them as proof that climate change is not a real issue, it's a disservice to everyone who is confused about the issue. We could call each side converts and learn nothing about the actual process and the effect on our planet. Or, we could take the time to examine all the evidence and make an informed decision. The choice should be available to all as well as clear indication of the consequences.
There are idiots on both sides of the issue. This is not news. It has also long been proclaimed that anyone that opposes The Consensus either has no credentials or has been bought off by oil/coal companies.Let's take a look at the numbers themselves...