“We know with certainty that we know f***-all”

James Taranto in “Best of the Web”:

Ah yes, the[ AGW researchers] were speaking a language that the outside world doesn’t understand. One of our readers, in an admittedly somewhat juvenile spirit, tested the notion by searching the East Anglia emails for a versatile but obscene four-letter word–a word that everyone knows but that is not printable here. He found a few hits, including this September 2003 email from Edward Cook of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., to East Anglia’s Keith Briffa:

Without trying to prejudice this work, but also because of what I almost think I know to be the case, the results of this study will show that we can probably say a fair bit about <100 year extra-tropical NH [Northern Hemisphere] temperature variability (at least as far as we believe the proxy estimates), but honestly know f***-all about what the >100 year variability was like with any certainty (i.e. we know with certainty that we know f***-all).

“We know with certainty that we know f***-all.” That pretty well sums up the state of climate science after the East Anglia revelations.



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