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As scientists, we must insist that the climate scientists are doing good
science and that their interpretations are consistent with results that
can be obtained from the best available data. We have an obligation
to closely examine methods and data to ensure that it is correct.
This has largely not been the case to date, with few exceptions.
It takes a lot of time and effort to do a serious examination of the
peer-reviewed literature, so this cannot be done by anyone simply taking
a cursory look at a few graphs and making a determination from them.
There has been much political rhetoric on both sides of this issue, but
the scientists that have petitioned the APS are asking for a truly scientific
discussion of the methods and data to make a proper assessment that
the community of physicists can be sure is not politically biased, but
rather based on well established scientific methods.