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On Climate Change, Shades of Sternberg

Just in case you were thinking that ID is the only subject on which Big Science tolerates no dissent, the editor-in-chief of Remoting Sensing has just resigned. His crime? Allowing a seminal article by Roy Spencer and William Braswell to be published. Shades of Sternberg. The paper has gotten a good bit of media attention, for an obvious reason: they show that one of the feedbacks that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has been treating as a positive feedback is really a negative feedback. In other words, rather than magnifying the effects of global warming due to extra atmospheric CO2, it counteracts it.

In resigning, the editor, Wolfgang Wagner, mentions absolutely no error in the paper. Essentially he says that "various internet discussion fora" have been on fire attacking the paper, he shouldn't have allowed it to be published, even though it went through (by his own admission) the proper peer-review channels, and even though he can't cite a single error in the paper. The forces of darkness may have overplayed their hand on this one. Spencer has challenged anyone who finds any error in the paper to submit a peer-reviewed article making the case.