Climate change certainly tends to attract the enthusiasm of statisticians.
One wonders if some might take time off from their duties estimating the longevity of tar sand mines or the apoplexy prone to look at the correlation of place and political utility of the sorts of scientific papers that, in the months following their publication, get cited in the press and blogosphere more frequently than in the peer reviewed literature of the disciplines to which they pertain?
Some perceive the likelihood of a paper achieving notoriety on the Green left to correlate non-randomly with authors in such places as Colorado, Maryland and Cambridge Mass. while Alabama, Virginia and Livermore Cal. will more often ring a bell with those with TV's tuned to Fox
Publicists on both sides of the climate wars tend to be shy creatures, but science is supposed to be transparent. Adamant invites statisticians who weary of denigrating each other's efforts at palaeoclimate reconstruction to apply themselves to the more contemporary,and easily deconvoluted problem of where science is being politicized ?
One cannot accuse radical greens of seeking to obscure their media strategy- given that so few are disposed to pat attention to it - here , in a real blast from the past , is Regis Debray's marxisteant take on why Green Videocrats are riding roughshod over the logotropic religious Right.