That title might be a bit dramatic. However, Jeff Id at The Air Vent announced today that he isn’t going to blog anymore. He did state that he may resume in a few months, which I certainly hope is true. Here is his reason:
On the SOP thread we got into too heated a discussion. I’ve had more than my fair share of the public lately and don’t know when tAV will be back.
Of all the elements of the periodic table stupididium is the most abundant. The idiots pushed me over the edge tonight. I’ve had well enough of people who think they know — well anything — yet don’t have a clue. The blog has been very much entertaining and I’ve appreciated the technical contributors very thoroughly. I may continue someday in coming years but at this point… I’m done.
I’ve spent two years of my life in climate science, digging fairly deeply – I think you’ll agree. My conclusion is that those who believe they know believe for unknowable reasons. This includes BOTH sides. In what I believe is the rarest of cases, the middle ground is the correct ground and that is where the climate battle lies.
I don’t know if I will post again here, it has been fun though. Thanks to all who have been supportive and thanks to the guests.
Jeff’s blog delved deep into some very technical issues and found many interesting results. Apparently he got sick of both sides inability to concede any point to the other.
Blogs like The Air Vent are few and far between. If we truly want to advance the discussion on the science climate change and what action needs (or doesn’t need) to be taken, we need to examine why we are in this debate. If we ‘believe for unknowable reasons’ then no progress is made. Let’s not lose another valuable contributor like Jeff because both sides are so entrenched that anyone attempting to make progress gets fed up and quits.
If you want to bone up on your beliefs about CO2 and physics, check out this post by Jeff back in August. He is attempting to explain how CO2 does have a warming effect. Don’t knock it till you’ve read it.