Global Warming Fallout Continues
Drudge has several good links up regarding the recently leaked data from the East Anglia Climate Research Unit in the UK. “Climategate”, as it is predictably being called, is continuing to gain momentum and may well put the final nail in the coffin of global warming hysteria.
For those of you who don’t know, I am an environmental engineer by trade, and my specialty is air pollution control. I have long been a skeptic of anthropogenic global warming, and it has nothing to do with my political views. The problem has been the scientific method which the global warming industry has been built upon. Science is supposed to be a transparent process where theses, methods, results, and conclusions can be tested, challenged, and revised in the pursuit of the truth. Climate science has been anything but that. Alternative theories to global warming have been dismissed, critics have been ostracized from the debate, and analytical methods have been shrouded in secrecy. Furthermore, the conclusions of climate researchers have been processed and disseminated through political channels like the UN rather than through scientific channels such as reputable peer-reviewed journals.
Perhaps most unsettling to me, though, is the mantra that “the science is settled” and that scientists have reached a “consensus” about global warming which dare not be questioned. That attitude moves climate research from the realm of science to the realm of faith. Add to that the insistence of politicians that we must do something NOW! NOW! NOW! or D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R will strike and all the alarm bells go off.
Hindsight is 20/20, so when the dust settles it will be tempting to say that we should have seen global warming for the hoax it was and, but for a little common sense, we would have. That’s not all there is, though. The sad fact is that people have lost the ability to think critically. They accept rather than question. I suspect that’s due in part to an educational system that doesn’t encourage critical thought, extreme informational overload, and general scientific illiteracy. Short of a complete retooling of our educational system, I don’t know how we can fix that. I do know, however, that if global warming dies the death it deserves, we will have dodged a bullet. In the meantime, we can use this scandal as learning opportunity. When the next manufactured crisis comes along we can ask the right questions and hold the right people accountable and end the insanity before it ever begins.