Scientists must become part of the political process and run for office. At a time when science bears on many of the world's problems, we have a Congress full of lawyers who are trained not to get at the truth but to defeat their opponent at any cost--including the truth.
Now that the 15 year global warming "pause" is confirmed dead, it is fascinating, if at times painful, to look back at the sharp disagreements among important scientific figures in the climate community.
There was a time when I couldn't understand what motivated writers like Margaret Wente to stand so firmly against such clear and solid science. The psychology of "confirmation bias" has provided the answer for me.
A week before the climate talks began, a new collection of 5,000 e-mails from climate researchers surfaced, apparently part of the same set obtained and then leaked in 2009 in the so-called "Climategate" affair.
The UK police force tasked with investigating the hacking of emails and documents from the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia seems to have quietly de-prioritized its investigation earlier this year.