It's time for some environmental honesty.
Can't we just work together using
It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that there is only a fringe of scientists who don't buy into anthropogenic global warming.reality to encourage stewardship of the earth? Apparently not. From the early days of environmentalism, lies and exaggeration have been the norm. Global warming "expert" Stephen Schneider summed it up quite well about twenty years ago.
On the one hand, as scientists we are ethically bound to the scientific method, in effect promising to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but - which means that we must include all the doubts, the caveats, the ifs, ands, and buts. On the other hand, we are not just scientists but human beings as well. And like most people we'd like to see the world a better place, which in this context translates into our working to reduce the risk of potentially disastrous climatic change. To do that we need to get some broadbased support, to capture the public's imagination. That, of course, entails getting loads of media coverage. So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.One of the greatest "scary scenarios" of all--the one trying to hold all the rest of the lies together--is that there is some kind of consensus that man is now causing nearly irreversible global warming. There never has been, and there never will be, consensus of that sort, unless the definition of consensus has been legally changed to something like:
a general agreement or concord [among those who wish to politicize an issue]; [pretended or wished for] harmony.I feel sorry for those who still hold to the unsupportable claim that there has ever been anything close to a consensus that man is causing significant global warming. If belief in such a consensus ever was based on science, it is now nothing more than worshipful cultism.
Patrick J. Michaels, a research professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia, says:
Global warming is real, and human beings have something to do with it. We don't have everything to do with it; but we can't stop it, and we couldn't even slow it down enough to measure our efforts if we tried.Michaels goes on in his book to show a plethora of reasons how and why there is no consensus on man-made global warming.
Meltdown: The Predictable Distortion of Global Warming by Scientists, Politicians, and the Media, p. 9
Stanley B. Goldenberg is an atmospheric scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hurricane Research Division. Goldenberg says
It is a blatant lie put forth in the media that there is only a fringe of scientists who don't buy into anthropogenic global warming.This updated Senate report states that more than 650 scientists disagree that there is "consensus". The report's introduction says
Over 650 dissenting scientists from around the globe challenged man-made global warming claims made by the...IPCC...and former Vice President Al Gore. This new...[r]eport -- updated from 2007’s groundbreaking report of over 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming “consensus” -- features the skeptical voices of over 650 prominent international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC. [This is] more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary... (Emphasis added.)Ivar Giaever, Nobel Prize winner, says
I am a skeptic. ...global warming has become a new religion. We frequently hear about the number of scientists who support it. But the number is not important: only whether they are correct is important. We don’t really know what the actual effect on the global temperature is. There are better ways to spend the money...Kiminori Itoh, a physical chemist from Japan, says of the "consensus"
It is the worst scientific scandal in history.It is. How unfortunate.
A recent group of scientists who debunked the man-made global warming "consensus" is more than 12 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary.If we really want to take care of the earth, we need to first and foremost be honest about how bad the situation is. If we aren't honest, we effectively encourage the ignoring of truly important environmental issues that really shouldn't be ignored.
That's why I feel sorry for the global warming consensus crowd. Besides putting blind faith in a lie, these people are some of the environment's worst enemies.