"Dr. who?" I hear you mutter - oh yes, I have you bugged! Anyway, I must confess that I had not heard of the lady either but I'm obliged to m'lord Bishop Hill for tipping me off to the lady's heretical sin of not just permitting but actively engaging in letting several embarrassing cats out of the scientific bag. The lady is well into her 70s and has a long and distinguished career being the first lady ever to achieve a Doctorate in Meteorology and it is a miracle how she manages to get around under the weight of all the scientific awards and honours that have been bestowed upon her during her working life.
But now, horror of horrors, she has risked all in a letter that begins with a rather revealing sentence: "Since I am no longer affiliated with any organization nor receive any funding [that's state funding, someone tell Tim Lambert - see second post below], I can speak quite frankly." Oh-oh, tin hat time, methinks! She continues:
"Few of these people [HAFs - Hot Air Fanatics] seem to have any skeptical self-criticism left, although virtually all of the claims are derived from either flawed data sets or imperfect models or both. The term “global warming” itself is very vague. Where and what scales of response are measurable? One distinguished scientist has shown that many aspects of climate change are regional, some of the most harmful caused by changes in human land use. No one seems to have properly factored in population growth and land use, particularly in tropical and coastal areas."
Not content with that she dares to suggest that:
"the main basis of the claim that man’s release of greenhouse gases is the cause of the warming is based almost entirely upon climate models. We all know the frailty of models concerning the air-surface system. We only need to watch the weather forecasts."
This wretched woman is obviously bound for a grisly end, almost certainly her fate will entail being cast off the top of the 500' statue that an admiring world will erect in gratitude to its latter-day saviour, Al Gore!
One by one, an increasing trickle of climatologists is turning into a river of dissent against the political orthodoxy dominating the notion of man-made global warming. The HAFs might sneer at the likes of Steve McIntyre who never claims to be a meteorologist but they can hardly turn on the likes of Dr. Simpson who until very recently was pre-eminent in her field.