Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Global Warming? BS Sez Brit Majority...

The public believes the effects of global warming on the climate are not as bad as politicians and scientists claim, a poll has suggested.

The Ipsos Mori poll of 2,032 adults - interviewed between 14 and 20 June - found 56% believed scientists were still questioning climate change.

There was a feeling the problem was exaggerated to make money, it found.

Our pull quote today comes from the BBC website, believe it or not. Looks like the average Brit citizen is getting a little tired of the ecofreaks' endless hectoring on the subject. Wonker himself figures if he wants to get preached at, he can attend a revival meeting.

The final sentence above hits to the heart of the matter. By creating a false consensus, the "global warming" champs can con more government money for themselves and their one-sided "research" which will, of course, result in even more "scientific research" that proves what they already "know."

Again, for the umpty-umpth time, it's clear to HazZzMat that global warming and global cooling are part of macro-climate changes that have been going on ever since the Earth was carved out of the cosmos who knows how long ago. You can make a pretty good argument that man, through his burning of significant quantities of fossil fuels over the last century or so has perhaps added a percentage point or two to the latest warming cycle. But to read day after day in the papers that we are "causing" global warming is an absolute crock.

The spokesman for the Ipsos Mori study puts it this way:
"We are alive to climate change and very few people actually reject out of hand the idea the climate is changing or that humans have had at least some part to play in this," he added.

"However, a significant number have many doubts about exactly how serious it really is and believe it has been over-hyped."

Gee. Ya think?


The Interface said...

As Michael Crichton has so eloquently observed:

...Historically, the claim of consensus has been the first refuge of scoundrels; it is a way to avoid debate by claiming that the matter is already settled. Whenever you hear the consensus of scientists agrees on something or other, reach for your wallet, because you're being had.

Let's be clear: the work of science has nothing whatever to do with consensus. Consensus is the business of politics. Science, on the contrary, requires only one investigator who happens to be right, which means that he or she has results that are verifiable by reference to the real world. In science consensus is irrelevant. What is relevant is reproducible results. The greatest scientists in history are great precisely because they broke with the consensus.

There is no such thing as consensus science. If it's consensus, it isn't science. If it's science, it isn't consensus. Period.

(speech at California Institute of Technology, January 17, 2003)

Wonker said...

Dear Interface--

Crichton pretty much wraps the issue in this passage, doesn't he?