From Stanford, July/August 2010, “Facing the Heat,” an interview with climatologist Stephen Schneider. Professor Schneider, on the subject of people wanting “scientific proof” about climate change:
Well, there will be objective data — it’s called wait till 2050 and measure it. And that is not a zero-risk experiment. That’s why there are so many physicists and meteorologists who don’t like climate science: ‘Oh, it’s not real science because you can’t do controlled experiments.’ You can’t do controlled experiments on the future. What are we going to do, wait for it then apologize to posterity that we did nothing to slow it down?
Which, of course, will never satisfy people like my neighbors.