Last time I went into some discussion about why here it is not all Kumbaya, politeness, friendliness, etc. There is a misinformation campaign willing to destroy climate science and scientists in order to avoid the effort needed to avoid the high costs and vast damage of continued unabated greenhouse gas emissions.
There is a growing realization of the need to do more than just recite all the facts, knowledge, and understanding that demonstrate the threat of anthropogenic climate change. The times and situation now call for standing up firmly against those who preach their denial, delay, rejection, and ignorance.
As the journal Nature recently stated, "Scientists must now emphasize the science, while acknowledging that they are in a street fight." Others are expressing the same sort of thing.
From Bill McKibben: "the antiseptic attempt to hide behind the magisterium of Science in an effort to avoid the rough-and-tumble of Politics is a mistake."
From blogger Eli Rabett: "Make no mistake, the barbarians are at the door. ... the war against science broadens. The NAS members are beginning to realize that the attack on Phil Jones and Mike Mann is but the opening salvo."
But back to what was said by Nature, the fight is not all there is. The science must also be repeated. Communicating the science to at least those in the public who may listen to it however is not necessarily simple. That will be the subject of the post after next. The next post touches on who the anti-science crowd is on the other side of this fight and why they are not deserving of much repsect.