After reading some of the False Alarm website, which is highly critical of the scientific “consensus” that humans are the principal cause of global warming, a friend sent me an email the other day that read, in part:
How can many, many respected, competitive, independent science folks be so wrong about this (if your premise is correct)? I don’t think it could be a conspiracy, or incompetence… Has there ever been another case when so many “leading” scientific minds got it so wrong?
This is a really good question. I’m not a climate scientist (but, then, neither is Al Gore); I’m an ex-journalist, now an academic. I teach professional writing. How dare I claim to know more than, say, the 2,000 or so scientists who contribute to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports? These are the experts, after all, and they say that humans are the principal cause of global warming at the moment. How could the experts possibly be wrong?
Of course, many, many people (not just scientists) have been wrong before on many, many topics. Until the 1960s, few scientists believed in continental drift. Millions of intelligent people continue to believe in communism even after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989. After Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring came out in 1962, many, many people believed DDT was bad when in fact, if used properly, DDT could have saved millions of lives in places like Africa. Science is a process of systematically weeding out the wrong ideas and replacing them with better wrong ideas, as it were.
But getting on to global warming:
How can so many be so wrong?
you have already voted
» Recently used highlightedALL #-E F-J K-O P-T U-Z
Website Design © Neil Curry