Okay, how many hours of sunshine per hectare of growing land will there be in western europe in 2010? And how much rain? And when will it sun/rain? What crops should I plant?
These are basic questions that climate science is unable to answer. Not the track of specific weather events, but the big picture of what sort of weather we’re going to have next year. This year, for example, I’ve noticed that we’ve had more sunny nights than sunny days (i.e. cloudless) in Tullamore. This is just bad luck for us and the west coast of Britain, but it means the east of England had a reasonable summer. Factor that in to a science that is claiming to tell us how we will all be affected. And then tell us how we will be affected? Even on a pan-european level!
The last prediction of doom and gloom I believed was the original one made in the 'seventies or 'eighties. We will have increasingly random patterns of weather and isolated weather events as large localised changes in climate ripple through the system destabilising the existing patterns. The events that cause this can be natural (e.g. a volcano) or man-made (e.g. deforestation on a grand scale).
And remember, when I was a young man (and it was not that long ago) global cooling and the impending next ice age were scientific consensus. Only an evil nutcase doubted them.