It’s actually impossible to have the conversation without straying from the topic:
(1) The Sun is blasting charged particles at the Earth all of the time. Some hit the Earth; others do not. The effect of this could be only weakly related to solar trends. It’s just as much about the chance of whether or not we are in the line of fire when these blasts happen.
(2) We can see that these blasts have extraordinary temporal effects upon the ionosphere’s features.
(3) The link between earthquakes and these ionospheric changes is a hot topic right now, and even the subject of entire books.
(4) What happens to the charged particles when they enter the Earth’s poles? A reasonable guess is that they cause things of importance to happen within the Earth’s core.
Given that science generally strives to break this larger system up such that it can be analyzed in smaller individual pieces, we should not forget that one scientific discipline can exhibit unexpected outputs that act as inputs to other scientific disciplines. The boundaries between disciplines are constructs we put there to simplify research. Yet, the Earth is not in some sort of box defined by scientific disciplines. It exists within the larger universe, and the disciplines all “talk” to one another in a sense — some more than others, obviously. Part of the task at hand is to figure out exactly how this happens, and in spite of the way we break the disciplines up.
Scientists have traditionally kept an open mind on such questions. Climate science seems to diverge from that historical precedent in that it appears to reify these boundaries as though they are real physical boundaries. That’s not a big deal by itself, but the appeals to immediate action should force us to ask all sorts of immediate questions — to be rigorous, to listen to critics, to check that we are on the right track.
If people are willing to accept that such a complex debate is basically over, then this will definitively alter the very way in which future science is done. It will set a precedent for generations to come, and in areas which have perhaps nothing at all to do with climate science.
I’m sorry if this seems like it’s off-topic, but it seems to me that such rules of engagement basically dictate the results of this conversation — which is fine by me, but probably suggests that this is some form of advocacy. Either way, I’m personally intrigued by all aspects of this (even the rules for discourse), and am happy to let people formulate their own opinions. Science is very complex. Just as you think you know it, you run into results which undermine your confidence.