Curry: 'Does this group of people inspire my confidence in making an assessment of climate change? In a word, NO...I suspect that there will be a lot of AMS members that are unhappy with this statement...Consensus statements get parroted without any actual intellectual examination. In this case, what is the point of the AMS statement. Apparently, to 'inform the public' on this controversial issue by appealing to the 'authority' of the society'
'It is clear that the new AMS Statement Climate Change is more advocacy by the leadership of the Society, than a balanced presentation of this subject. When evidence contradicts their advocacy role, they conveniently just ignore it'
John Humphrys to Cicerone: 'You don't sound - if I can use this word - apocalyptic. You're not saying 'If we don't do these things...we're going to fry, in a few years': Ralph Cicerone: Well, there are people who are saying those things'
Humphrys: 'But not you'
Cicerone: 'No. I don't think it's useful, I don't think it gets us anywhere, and we don't have that kind of evidence'
'If sea level continues to rise at the current rate, we will see sixteen centimeters of sea level rise by the end of the century, which is perhaps one tenth of what the experts are claiming this week. Government funded global warming research is propaganda. It has nothing to do with science'
'It is a measure of how blinded and blinkered the climate science establishment has become. It is a tragedy because in an uncertain time, science should be our pole star, the one fixed thing in a spinning sky ... but instead, it has become a joke, and that is a tragedy indeed'
'So government funding amounts to 67% of total income. Similar amounts have been fixed for a 5 year period to allow Society to plan ahead properly. It is also worth noting the income generated from commercial activities, such as investment income & publications. The Royal Society still claim to be 'an independent scientific academy'. Andrew Montford, however, describes it as 'being something more akin to a government department'...a very well paid one'