…call people names! The latest from Al Gore.
Admittedly, the contest over global warming is a challenge for the referee because it’s a tag-team match, a real free-for-all. In one corner of the ring are Science and Reason. In the other corner: Poisonous Polluters and Right-wing Ideologues.
If you have the stomach for it, read the entire piece. Then, ask yourself a question: Does he make a single verifiable scientific point? For example,
- Does he tell us why his predictions of temperature rise have not come true and explained why? No.
- Does he tell us why his (actually the IPCC’s) predictions of ocean heat content are off by 50% (half of what was predicted), why they were wrong and when, if ever, the rapid rise will occur? No.
- Does he explain that soot is causing the Arctic ice melt rather than temperatures? No to that, also.
Instead, he trots out the old — and debunked — “consensus” argument.
This time, the scientific consensus is even stronger. It has been endorsed by every National Academy of science of every major country on the planet, every major professional scientific society related to the study of global warming and 98 percent of climate scientists throughout the world. In the latest and most authoritative study by 3,000 of the very best scientific experts in the world, the evidence was judged “unequivocal.”
In the above study, “climate scientists” included people who, by education and profession, are professors of advertising and marketing! Regardless, science is about what can be proven through measurements not what people “think” or “believe.”