by Anthony Cox
Newcastle Morning Herald. After coming in all cap-guns blazing in the comments and being nicely rebutted by Directeur Sportif and yours truly, Cook was given a right of reply.
The tactic of comparing sceptics of AGW with those who denied the harmful affects of smoking is not only insulting it is deceitful. It is deceitful because it aims to force people to think the science about AGW has the same certainty as the science about smoking, which it doesn't
On the contrary, Anthony, the science on human-caused global warming is even stronger than the science about smoking. It's based on many lines of evidence - satellite measurements of outgoing radiation, surface measurements of downward radiation, measurements of a cooling stratosphere while the troposphere warms, winters warming faster than summers, etc. Attribution study after attribution study. Human fingerprints are being observed all over our climate. Consequently, there is a strengthening consensus in the peer-reviewed literature and in the scientific community.
Our paper doesn't touch on whether global warming will be catastrophic - the only hyperbole and exaggeration is in your characterisation of our research.