May 04, 2011
CONSENSUS WATCH – 5/4/2011
An ongoing series dedicated to vigorously monitoring emerging threats to The Consensus that global warming is real, caused by humans, and must be addressed at all costs. Because without consensus, scientific conclusions would remain vulnerable to new data.
The Consensus faces many threats, but one of the most serious is the existence of a growing body of credible peer-reviewed science calling into question many of the pillars on which the Consensus regarding anthropogenic global warming rests. This has created the erroneous impression that there is a growing body of credible peer-reviewed science calling into question many of the pillars on which the Consensus regarding anthropogenic global warming rests.
One way to combat this unfortunate development would be to address these opposing studies directly by offering up equally credible hypotheses and then subject them to critical examination in the form of repeatable experiments that could be verified independently.
Another way is to just make stuff up.
Making stuff up has an advantage over offering up testable hypotheses to critical examination, in that when you make stuff up, you are not offering up testable hypotheses to critical examination.
Take, for example, the claim that climate change affects tectonic plate movement, causing earthquakes. What makes a finding like this so important is that it can be used to generate headlines like:
Climate change affects tectonic plate movement, causing earthquakes
What is less important is that later in the article the authors of the study stress in no uncertain terms that it:
“…did not mean that global warming would translate to stronger earthquakes happening more often,”
“…our work doesn’t imply at all that we will see an increase in these types of events.”
You should never consider the fact that the study itself does not support your preferred conclusion to be a barrier. Instead, consider it a challenge.
Remember, you’re just making stuff up.
Winds growing stronger?
Winds growing weaker?
You can blame that on global warming too.
Are there fewer truffles?
Are there more truffles?
Still global warming!
Of course, one of the hazards of making stuff up is sometimes you get caught, such as when the United Nations predicted ten years ago that we’d have 50 million “climate refugees” by 2010. There really is only one thing you can do under those circumstances.
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