Then it ain’t science.
Incidentally – of course no science is ever settled, nor would we want it to be. Suppose computer science had been “settled” back in 1946, when the IBM 603 was developed. Can you imagine cramming all those big, bulky vacuum tubes and relays into a smartphone?
Fortunately, just as are the sciences of semiconductors, sensors, mobile processors, and image capture tools (to name just a few), climate science is in a constant state of flux, as is the climate itself, and neither will likely ever be “settled.”
Not two weeks after NBC’s fiasco, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal hosted a discussion on the “The Green New Deal & the 116th Congress.” League of Conservation Voters senior V.P. Tiernan Sittenfeld faced off against Heartland Institute senior fellow James Taylor. Once again, the conservative offered facts, while the liberal offered invective.
Throughout the segment, Sittenfeld spewed bumper-sticker declarations of a “climate crisis” and “record hurricanes,” at one point misquoting the IPCC with a ridiculously hysterical warning that “we have 12 years to stave off another catastrophe.”
Taylor countered that “global warming doom and gloom” isn’t backed by science, that 2017 ended the longest period in history without a major hurricane strike in the United States and set a record for the smallest percentage of the U.S. not covered by drought. Additionally, the last two years set a record low for the number of tornadoes in this country, while at the same time, we’ve had record increases in global crop production.
Rather than dispute any of Taylor’s facts, Sittenfeld would fly into dismissive tirades, crying, “This is embarrassing” and “horrifying,” calling his views “dangerous and flat-out wrong” and contrary to scientific consensus. At one point, Sittenfeld actually accused the Heartland Institute of “spewing misinformation.”
Taylor challenged her to stop the personal attacks and lecturing and to instead show him why he’s wrong. He calmly challenged her “consensus” fiction with the Global Warming Petition Project (aka the Oregon Petition), signed by 31,487 American scientists (9,029 with Ph.D.s), which states:
There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.
Taylor also mentioned that over the course of humankind (not just the past 100 years), temperatures have in fact seen periods of warmth greater than today.
Sittenfeld’s response to the truth was a wide-eyed look of disbelief and the admonishment that the “notion of denying climate change is so fringe and so marginalized” as to be “beyond the pale.”
Which is the too-familiar reaction to any honestly-expressed, fact-buttressed dissent from shitlib dogma: shut up, they explained, expressed with as much eye-rolling, spluttering OUTRAGE!™ as they can muster. As per usual, the Left isn’t looking to debate, they’re looking to stifle, to suppress. Why any serious person would waste a moment trying to engage them fairly and reasonably anymore, on any topic, is a mystery to me. In the end, the phonus-balonus “climate-change” shitfling comes down to this:
Conflation of climate change and AGW is the media’s biggest mistake. And its greatest weapon.
Well said. This is another excellent, thorough piece, with plenty of detail and solid fact included. Which guarantees there won’t be a single “the sky is falling!” shitlib Chicken Little to be found anywhere who’ll be the least bit interested in it.