William elsewhere: planet3.0

In Memoriam, John McCarthy.

Eeee, those were the days.


  1. #1 Alastair McDonald

    From your post on Planet3.0 I have learnt that John McCarthy wrote:

    “I have to agree that a substantial amount of the arguments
    against the occurrence of global warming are lawyers’ science.
    Nevertheless, global warming is still uncertain.

    I still favor waiting before taking drastic
    action, the costs of which will be very high.”

    Al Gore provides the answer to that view in a recent interview that can be seen here. JMC was playing into the deniers hands :-(

    [Bear in mind that was in 1997, 14 years ago. Asserting uncertainty then was far more plausible -W]

  2. #2 Alexander Harvey

    “I still favor waiting before taking drastic
    action, the costs of which will be very high.”

    Drastic has meant effective but has come to indicate extreme.

    To argue that one be wise to avoid extremes is not to argue against all action. Yet inaction is corrupt fruit of the joy born of argument from the extremes.

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