The global warming salesmen are polluting science again

No one I know denies that the earth’s climate changes. Of course it does. And yet, the leftist mainstream media insists that “climate change deniers” are people who don’t believe the earth is getting warmer.

But most so-called “deniers” are really people who believe insufficient scientific evidence exists to confirm that most global warming is man-made. They believe that the science behind government policy is invalid, in part because most of it is irreproducible, cannot be replicated, and because the statistics are both unreliable and arbitrary. The climate change “research community”, much of it birthed or influenced by the United Nations, falls prey to shoddy research, wishful thinking and the lure of money to form policy. However, scientific truth does not come about because of a majority vote by scientists.

“The government relies on supposed scientific findings to inform its decisions…The whole discipline of climate science is a farrago (confused mixture) of unreliable statistics, arbitrary research techniques and politicized groupthink,” states a Wall Street Journal column by the president of the National Association of Scholars.

Climate science, it seems, has been contaminated by political pollution and shrewd propaganda. Many scientists in the climate-change industry are telling everyone on earth that carbon dioxide from other human industries is destroying our planet. They want us to believe that carbon dioxide, essential for plants to live and to release oxygen, is really a deadly poison created by human activity. But what’s really happening is that while carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have been increasing, atmospheric balloon recordings over the last 60 years show only insignificant increases in overall warming. And, tempering the shrieking headlines about rising sea levels, such levels have been increasing but not accelerating at a rate of only seven inches per century over the last 250 years. Finally, the scientific evidence is non-confirmatory that such rises are human-caused. Water expands when heated and nearly all heating of the seas –oceans cover about ¾ of the earth’s surface–comes from solar rays, undersea volcanic activity with hundreds of fissures erupting, and the world’s rivers flushing millions of acre feet of silt and mud daily onto the sea floor.

Often, climate research lacks integrity. This whole accusatory business of leftist scientists, some funded by climate agencies, claiming global warming is man-made, is based on anti-capitalist politics; this racket allows those same scientists to make large amounts of money from government grants, speeches, and consulting. And too many of them encourage people to conclude, climate-wise, they are entering the beginning of the end times. What we have here is advocacy masquerading as science, with advocacy groups “packaging” their talking points so that the receptive audience of journalists can easily consume them. These journalists, who do not understand science and happily defer to “experts”, then regurgitate them. Often eagerly.

Because global warming is vigorously debated, this means it is a political issue, not a scientific fact, most especially the issue of whether it is man-made. It’s something else the politicians and the paid climate “experts” tell us they can save us from. But remember, science doesn’t operate based on a “consensus” vote of scientists-—the majority doesn’t rule. Science operates from systematic observation, measurement, formation of a hypothesis, experimentation, formulation of a theory, and predictions that can test the theory.

Over many years, a good lesson for the learning is to be very skeptical of anything sponsored by the United Nations, particularly global warming. The planet has had warming and cooling periods for literally tens of thousands of years. The proposition that mankind has any material effect on the temperature of the earth’s surface is driven by left-wing progressives trying to control every aspect of our lives. But these salesmen don’t have an acceptable product. So, this requires fudging data and scaring people into obedience, so big brother can take care of everything.

John R. Smith
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