“I was long troubled by what was happening in the climate community as people with expertise in modeling, but little knowledge or understanding of climate became dominant.”
It's hard to read Tim Ball's Christmas greeting on clmate change denial central (www.climateaudit.org ) without rising in defence of the people who Ball so idly slanders in quotes like the one above. While he has spent an unexceptional career publishing almost nothing and lying about his credentials  , Dr. Ball still strikes the know-it-all pose and dismisses the knowledge, the expertise and the hard work of people like Andrew Weaver, who has published more in the average year than Ball has published in his entire career. While the modellers who Ball condemns have done the work and submitted their efforts to peer review. Ball continues to misrepresent the findings of people like Edward Wegman, who testified before the U.S. Senate that he accepts the general scientific agreement that humans are causing climate change and that it is a pressing crisis.
Going on to read the next post, John A suggests that 2006 has brought a serious change in the public debate about climate science and that 2007 will be better. Let's hope so.