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The Fallacy of Settled Science July 31, 2015 11:00 AM | Tagged as Denier, Settled Science

WSJ 31 July 2015, page A11: “The Unsettling, Anti-Science Certitude on Global Warming” by John Steele Gordon

In his piece, Gordon debunks the entire notion of settled science, particularly as it relates to climate science. There is no such thing as settled science in any field. Science’s role is to discover new truths and amend every current theory, principle, axiom, or postulate held as common knowledge by the general populous. Certainly, climate science is anything but settled.

Here are some questions Gordon proposes, honest questions that science is struggling to answer:

  •  “Why did the warming trend between 1978 and 1998 cease, although computer climate models predict steady warming?
  • How sensitive is the climate to increased carbon-dioxide levels?
  • What feedback mechanisms are there that would increase or decrease that sensitivity?
  • Why did episodes of high carbon-dioxide levels in the atmosphere earlier in Earth’s history have temperature levels both above and below the average?”

To question is part of science. Anyone who labels those who question as “deniers” is himself or herself an anathema to true science. Why do people use the inflammatory language of “settle science” and “denier”? In Gordon’s words,

“Well, one powerful explanation…is obvious: self-interest.

“If anthropogenic climate change is a reality, then that would be a huge problem only government could deal with. It would be a heaven-sent opportunity for the left to vastly increase government control over the economy and the personal lives of citizens.”

Gordon also refers to the intellectual corruption shown in two batches of emails from climate alarmists made public in 2009 and 2011. These climate scientists discuss how to “hide the decline” [of warming] from the public, how to deal with sceptics, and how to suppress unfavorable data.  Long ago, the radical environmental left took over the university grant money industry. These scientists are trying to keep intact their feathered nest of constant income. If that’s what science has become, the field is dead.

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