With the release of Al Gore’s sequel to, An Inconvenient Truth, we thought it noteworthy to discuss, well, science. According to far left MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes, on his show, All In With Chris Hayes, the debate is “over” on climate change as 97% of scientists agree on man-made climate change. Hayes leaves no doubt that this is 97% of all “credible” scientists; i.e. any disagreement is for those not credible.
Now, there may very well be a material and measurable influence of man’s activities on global warming and climate, but real science requires proof of this hypothesis, not name calling or legal action to prevent those who disagree from speaking.
Proving Einstein’s theories required brilliant and extremely accurate experiments to measure the predictions that Einstein’s equations proposed. Only when there was independent verification of the accuracy of predictions did we believe the science behind the theories. We do not have this when it comes to climate change.
Chart 1 below shows temperature fluctuation over the past million years. For the particular latitude indicated on the chart, there are wide swings. The last uptick began about 10,000 years ago when the best man could muster was barely a camp fire. However, we are now asked to believe that the only cause of global warming is man. Yet, if all these dramatic swings occurred without man, then to what degree is man causing them now?
Climate debate is welcomed, as we are the stewards of the planet and should keep it in good stead. Our course must be with reasoned and fact based discussions remembering that when we ask for public policy, that it must be well defined and limited.