When Dr. John Christy appeared on stage at Washington Theater, a.k.a., a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Male Bovine Manure (formerly Science, Space and Technology), he “did not produce any work of significant merit or abundance, or highlight anyone else’s, to refute” what John Cook of Skeptical Science sets forth as “basic findings on multiple lines of evidence, through differing methodologies, of the human influence on the global temperature change.” Not that anyone was expecting it, SSDDT (Same Stuff, Different Dioxin Today), doncha’ kno?
One strategy of those denying human-caused climate change is to attack the climate scientists. The Pollutocrats have stepped up the attack since censure and suppression failed — the word has gotten out; due to our fossil fuel pollution there’s a bit of bad weather on the horizon, e.g., possibly the sixth mass extinction. Congressional tactics include investigating them, withdrawing or threatening to withdraw funding, while the Pollutocrats have increased funding of those who challenge scientific findings, either repeatedly demanding explanation* or outright contradiction with fabrication.
Dr. Kerry A. Emanuel calls this cowardly “killing the messenger”.
[B]eware those who deride predictive science in its entirety, for they are also making a prediction: that we have nothing to worry about.
*Editor’s note: Scientific Inquiry needs Skepticism, and thesis – antithesis – synthesis is part of theory building. Although climate scientists have assembled information to refute denialist arguments, it fails to matter to those fostering the denial. Those intent upon condemning Galileo were not interested in honestly and openly confronting the issue.
The difference today is that Absolutism is about Profit, the ideology of “free enterprise” is paramount.
- Koch-Funded Climate Skeptic’s Own Data Confirms Warming (treehugger.com)
- House GOP line up the usual disinformers for climate science hearing, John Christy and Roger Pielke Sr., plus a DDT-booster! (climateprogress.org)
- Should you believe anything John Christy says? (climateprogress.org)
- Is there a scientific consensus on man-made climate change? (guardian.co.uk)