Nobody_ wrote:I however will be more than happy to just call CO2 a GHG which it is.
(No don't bother with the Wiki. I doubt that will take us any further)
Agreed, it won't. Quoting Wiki is useful when arguing with a fugghead-- which you, sir, are not-- who doesn't know what the hell he's talking about but thinks he does. But generally, I think if someone has to resort to quoting the dictionary or a Wiki definition, then it's a pretty good indication the conversation/debate has ceased to be meaningful.
However, I think you're being disingenuous when you claim that the letter in question has no import because it's signed by "only" 16 scientists and top engineers. Scientists are generally a pretty contentious lot, and it's my impression that it's rather unusual to see that many experts in any field of science sign such a lengthy statement.
Now, if you could demonstrate that all or nearly all of the other 99+% climatologists in the entire world signed a letter stating "These guys are stuffed full of wild blueberry muffins!", then I'd be more impressed.
I left these guys out from my previous posts:
Jan Breslow is a medical doctor who’s done genetics research, but has no apparent expertise or training in climate science. Count one more really old white man (that’s three now).
Roger Cohen is a recent retiree of the Exxon Mobile Research and Engineering Company Company, which clearly suggests impartiality on this issue. (He’s also old, male and white.)
Edward David is even fucking older (can’t say whether or not he’s particularly whiter or /more/ manly). “ In 1977, he became President of Research and Engineering for Exxon Corporation, serving until 1985.”
Finding a reputable climate scientist amongst this lot doesn't look promising. Perhaps one of the others is a young and pretty Pakistani or African female climate scientist that has never even seen oil.