Deep-sixing another useful climate myth

posted by
April 14, 2016
Heartland Institute
by David Legates  
Posted in Commentary

"By now, virtually everyone has heard that '97% of scientists agree: Climate change is real, manmade and dangerous.' Even if you weren't one of his 31 million followers who received this tweet from President Obama, you most assuredly have seen it repeated everywhere as scientific fact. The correct representation is 'yes,' 'some,' and 'no.'" (04/14/16)  


  • R R Schoettker

    Even if Obama was correct, this is still irrelevant to the determination of reality. Science does not confirm truth by the consensus of it participants but by the confirmation of its propositions by evidence in the real world. In the 17th century a majority of scientists believed in philogiston theory but that nevertheless did not make it true.

  • dL

    the libertarian simply doesn’t concede the authority between supply and demand to any entity, clerical or statist. It’s that simple. Period. The arguments over valid science or not are a red herring, frankly.

    If an human activity is causing harm to other humans, then there is, of course, a question of restitution. But the harm has to be demonstrated. Boundary condition models predicting future stable climate by running simulations against the past doesn’t pass the legal scientific test re: civil torts for the present. What may or may not be a valid scientific method in the domain of predictive climate science has no truck in the sphere of a civic legal system. And its obvious why. Calculating present harm by forecasting future harm via querying the past is soothsayer justice. Its indistinguishable from rule by clerical authority, which is why I suppose, the pope is on board full throttle.

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