The American Meteorological Society has joined the growing list of organizations trying to serve as honest brokers of information in the Climate Wars. It notes the nation " faces complex choices in dealing with climate change. The policies we adopt have the greatest chance to benefit society if they are grounded in the best available knowledge. Unfortunately, gaps in understanding among scientists, policy makers, journalists and the public permeate nearly all aspects of the issue and constitute a major barrier to the adoption of well-informed responses to the threats posed by climate change."
There is reason to hope ClimatePolicy will serve a more fully informed debate because in addition to the usual suspects ( Yes, Virginia, most scientists inside the beltway atre Democrats.) one of the ClimatePolicy bloggers is an outspoken advocate of scientific transparency --.Michael MacCracken . I irst met him when he was with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory , directing efforts to model the effects of natural and human-induced climate change and air pollution. He has since served as Chief Scientist for Climate Change Programs with the Climate Institute in Washington DC, and as President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS).
McCracken, who was on the executive committees of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and the Scientific Committee for Oceanic Research,also advised Reagan and Bush 41 administrations and then became the senior inter-agency climate change scientist with the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), serving as its first executive director, and executive director of its National Assessment Coordination Office.
He was instrumental in opening the IPCC process to online examination by all interested parties as it progressed by putting a link to the process into the Federal register.