Too often people who disagree with the current consensus of world experts in climate shift resort to arguments from ignorance, almost always decrying the current theory as invalid yet offering no alternative hypothesis. They claim the scientific process itself is biased and often point to shadowy organizations propagating the myth of global warming.
Andrew Dessler, who I met while attending Texas A&M and who works in the atmospheric sciences department has to deal with several prominent colleges who disagree about the cause of global warming; their culprits are clouds and changes in reflectivity.
Not wanting to let the other side get the credit if the opposition happened to be correct, Mr. Dressler took their idea and put it to the scientific test…and it failed. Through meticulous observation of the weather patterns of the Pacific, his data led to the conclusion that, while cloud formation and trends may act to amplify the greenhouse effect, clouds cannot be the root cause of global climate change.
“The bottom line is that clouds have not replaced humans as the cause of the recent warming the Earth is experiencing,” Dessler says.
Yet I doubt this will eliminate the theory of cloud caused climate shift at the university, even if the study is repeated. Some people will still propagate the idea (now that it is loose on the web) and may not be either invested enough or perhaps confident enough to conduct their own study of the issue and submit their data to the test. Like my alumnus, Mr. Dressler, I find my self eagerly awaiting the responses of some of my less than favorite professors and their wacky theories.