Month: August 2014

Speaking about man-made climate change on ClimateWire

ClimateWire recently published a three-part series reporting on global warming and its alleged impacts along the Gulf Coast, with a special focus on my hometown -- Mobile, Alabama.The journalist -- Daniel Cusick -- did a pretty good job (I knew him from back in my newspaper days). In three very detailed stories he reported all sides fairly, I think, and showed how this isn't just an international or national issue, but very much a local one.Here's the section where I appear in the first story, which is titled "Ala., which has much at risk from climate change, argues it doesn't exist":The state (Alabama) also has its share of climate skeptic political pundits.J. Pepper Bryars, a Huntsville-based writer and former press secretary and speechwriter to Alabama's previous governor, Bob Riley, has cited Christy's work in a handful of op-eds written for the state's major news outlets. He has characterized climate scientists and activists who adhere to warming theories as being "more like Nostradamus staring down into a bowl of water" than "Galileo peering through a telescope."In an email exchange with ClimateWire, Bryars laid out his views more fully, including some caveats that give credence to the known effects of climate change in the state but ultimately dismissing the science behind it."Skeptics of man-made abrupt climate change aren't questioning thermometers or yardsticks. Temperature and sea-level measurements taken in the past and present are facts that we don't dispute," he said."However, we're skeptical of future predictions based on computer models that have been…