I’m going to be away for most of the next two weeks – I’ll be in New York for a couple of days and then I’m going to Thailand with my wife and daughter to visit one of my sons. I’ll be spotty in internet connection and posting. I’ve asked a couple of regulars to contribute a few threads and to monitor posting while I’m intermittent. Please be especially diligent in not getting involved in food fights or rising to every barb or bait. If a comment breaches blog policies, point it out and ask that an editor snip, but please do not debate it.
I’ll be in New York to present a paper at the Heartland conference. I’d be just as happy to go to a Pew Center conference if I were invited. By presenting a paper at a conference, I do not endorse the views of other contributors nor the sponsor. I will present my own views. And any tailoring of the presentation will be in the direction of challenging the audience rather than trying to reinforce their preconceptions.
I don’t know about this particular conference, but it’s my understanding that the Gavin Schmidts of the world have refused to attend such venues in the past. I don’t understand the purpose of such refusals. I don’t understand what harm could possibly be done by preaching to the heathen. Maybe some of them would be convinced by Gavin.
In part, I’m attending this conference, because, quite frankly, I don’t get many invitations to speak. I’ve only received one invitation to speak to climate scientists at a university (from Judy Curry and Julien Emile-Geay at Georgia Tech) and they were pretty severely criticized for this. (I was invited by an engineering seminar at Ohio State.) Anyway, I’ll guess that henceforth speaking at this conference will feature prominently in all future profiles of me on the internet, but, as I said above, I’d be delighted to speak to the Pew Center or the Sierra Club or the World Wildlife Fund.
After that, I’m going to Thailand for a couple of weeks. The last time I was in Thailand was in 1968, so it’s been a while. On that trip, we went to Cambodia as well – this is while the Viet Nam war was raging next door. I can’t imagine how worried we would be if one of our children was doing something equivalent today. But we were 20, young and foolhardy. We were about the only people at Angkor Wat when we went there. I think that there was one couple from France there as well. The idea that the Killing Fields would take place was, even in retrospect, inconceiveable. Anyway, it should be a lot different now.
I’ll try to a write a brief comment from New York. I’ll be in touch a bit from Bangkok, but will probably be tired and not too interested in writing.