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Climate Alarmists don’t care that world’s top scientists challenge their doomsday narrative

There is no value in science when consensus rules.

Climate Change Dispatch — January 19, 2014

In the New York Times Sunday Review, Michael E. Mann, climatologist at large, makes the case that science settled by consensus should not be open to debate (emphasis added throughout):

The overwhelming consensus among climate scientists is that human-caused climate change is happening. Yet a fringe minority of our populace clings to an irrational rejection of well-established science. This virulent strain of anti-science infects the halls of Congress, the pages of leading newspapers and what we see on TV, leading to the appearance of a debate where none should exist.

In fact, there is broad agreement among climate scientists not only that climate change is real (a survey and a review of the scientific literature published say about 97 percent agree), but that we must respond to the dangers of a warming planet.

Contrast that with this article by columnist Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe, where he discusses the problems with so-called majority consensus and stifling debate:

It seems to make no difference that those challenging the doomsday narrative include some of the world’s most distinguished scientists, or that numerous experts in climatology and related earth sciences have repeatedly gone public with their critiques. To climate ideologues, they’re invisible. “Ninety-seven percent of scientists agree: #climate change is real, man-made and dangerous,” President Obama tweeted in May.

Jacoby continues with a quote by Nobel-prize winner about those who march to the sound of consensus and those that would question the orthodoxy of ‘settled’ science:

In a classic 1955 lecture on “The Value of Science,” the celebrated physicist (and future Nobel laureate) Richard Feynman warned that science would be hobbled if it tried to stifle its doubters and skeptics. “If we want to solve a problem that we have never solved before, we must leave the door to the unknown ajar . . . [D]oubt is not to be feared but welcomed and discussed.

Science isn’t settled by majority vote, and invoking “consensus” to shut off debate is authoritarian and anti-scientific. There are always inconvenient truths to challenge what the majority thinks it knows. Ninety-seven percent of experts may be impressed with the emperor’s new clothes. That’s no reason to silence those who insist the emperor is naked.    Read full article here….

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