“Why can’t we tell the truth about climate change?”

Of course, the intent of John Sauven’s question is that there is a vast, shadowy network of government and corporate entities conspiring to prevent honest scientists from revealing a necessary truth about scientific consensus to the unwashed masses. I’ll examine on how many levels that is a ridiculous assertion in just a moment. What I want to point out is that it is a legitimate question, because the groups proposing Anthropogenic Global Warming–and its scientifically-invalid neologism, “climate change”–seem to be utterly incapable of uttering a truthful statement on the subject.

The first reason that Sauven’s conspiracy theory is ridiculous is de natura: it’s a conspiracy theory. Benjamin Franklin has a famous quote on this subject, “Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.” Sauven claims a conspiracy spanning multiple administrations of the entire governments of the U.S., U.K., and India are acting to block the AGW alarmists from spreading their message. Apparently, Mr. Sauven forgets the huge waste of money and man-hours by the Democratic-led Congress of the Bush administration–or does he really think that Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t have cackled her way all the way to Bush’s impeachment over that, even if she later turned around and did the exact same thing herself later?

The second reason is that the alleged conspiracy is to prevent the dissemination of the pro-AGW opinion. Not only does virtually every government in the world have panels and departments set up for no reason other than to use climate alarmism to push for wealth confiscation, but look at the reporting by the U.S. media. Virtually any discussion which questions the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming–and it is a failed hypothesis, not a theory–is ignored. The worst cases of professional malfeasance by AGW proponents are ignored or glossed over, while long-standing professionals who engage in the virtue of skepticism find their credentials questioned and their character attacked (but rarely their questions answered). Skepticism should be the cardinal virtue of both scientists and journalists–the fact that journalists are disparaging skeptical scientists should be what people are really alarmed about.

The third reason that this position is ridiculous is that it claims that the pro-AGW crowd is the honest one. I won’t even bother spending time re-presenting cases like Climategate or the leak of the Fifth IPCC Report–you need look no further than the arguments that they make. Anyone who talks about a “consensus of scientists” or says that “the science is settled” has no credibility on the topic of science. Anyone who keeps a hypothesis based on computer modelling which directly conflicts with real-world data, has no credibility on the topic of science.

And finally, as for spreading that vital news to all those little people out there… Really? Who hasn’t heard about anthropogenic global warming? It’s in every TV show, commercials, movies, news reports in every medium. It’s going to be mandatory in American public school education. Who does he think isn’t hearing about it? Where is there ANY resistance to this message. Moreover, the very idea that there are members of the general population of sound mind, who cannot have a valid on this topic because they lack professional credentials in the field, is ridiculous. You do not need to be a professional climatologist to exercise simple rational thought. Having a specific degree does not magically change nonsense and lies into to truth.

Of course, this from the director of GREENPEACE, who constantly refers to “peaceful environmental groups”. Ahem. Of course, that speaks to his character, not his arguments–but I think I’ve covered those in detail already. A cursory reading of the article will reveal a lot of allegations of unethical behavior against anyone who disagrees with him, but nothing in the way of corroboration (or even specifics). One specific allegation is that opponents of the AGW hypothesis “produce doubt” “like the tobacco companies”. So be it. I am happy to sow doubt about junk science; comparing me to lobbyists for a legal business doesn’t bother me a bit. Bring a real argument, and we’ll talk.

These arguments are an assault not only free speech, but free thought. The very fabric upon which the United States was constructed. Do not let yourself be hypnotized or bullied by these people. They prey on your fears for the environment, but they don’t care anything about it. Their only care is establishing themselves as dictators over your life. Take responsibility for your life, because they are fighting tooth-and-nail to take it from you.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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4 Comments

  1. A simple equation at http://climatechange90.blogspot.com/2013/05/natural-climate-change-has-been.html calculates average global temperatures since they have been accurately measured world wide (about 1895) with an accuracy of 90%, irrespective of whether the influence of CO2 is included or not. The equation uses a single external forcing, a proxy which is the time-integral of sunspot numbers. A graph in that paper shows the calculated temperature anomaly trajectory overlaid on measurements.

    ‘The End of Global Warming’ at http://endofgw.blogspot.com/ expands recent (since 1996) temperature anomaly measurements by the five reporting agencies and includes a graph showing the growing separation between the rising CO2 and not-rising average global temperature trend.

  2. “The third reason that this position is ridiculous is that it claims that the pro-AGW crowd is the honest one. ”

    Well that is exactly why he is doing it. All the moves by the UN/EU led global warming movement are carefully examined and coordinated – by the activists and scientists themselves but also with professional help by PR men (job title is “climate change communicator”). Phil Jones’ suicidal thoughts were an invention by his PR man.

    So he tries to give his believers the illusion that they are the underdog and in posession of a suppressed knowledge. It’s an agitation tactic.

    I only scrolled over his article and it blurred into something like
    “… tobacco Big Oil tobacco tobacco tobacco….”. No need to really read it.

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