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April 01, 2011


Without consensus, scientific conclusions would be vulnerable to new data. That is why we have “Consensus Watch,” 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.

One of the problems facing global warming's foremost champion, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are accusations that it makes extensive use of non-peer-reviewed literature, that those leading IPCC studies are scientifically unqualified and merely chosen based on what country they are from, and that the IPCC itself is more a political campaign operation than a body of scientific inquiry. 

And that’s just from members of the IPCC. (You don’t even want to know what others think.)

This has resulted in plummeting support among Americans for legislation that would address their selfish insistence on driving something other than a $40,000 econo car, thus raising the specter that, absent legislative authority, the Obama administration would be unable to move forward implementing plans in line with the Consensus.

Fortunately, being a former Constitutional law professor, the President was uniquely qualified to find an ingenious way to deal with the Constitutional constraints placed on his office.

Ignore them.

By ignoring the fact that Congress has specifically refused to regulate the pollutant known as “carbon dioxide” (so deadly that it is found in only three places on earth: the land,  the sea, and the air) and simply moving forward anyway, we can finally start making some progress.

Of course, President Obama can’t take all the credit, as the legislative branch long ago grew tired of the tedious chore of legislating and has been outsourcing such dreariness to the other branches of government by passing what amount to broad guidelines and leaving the boring details of writing the specifics of laws to the excutive branch, and the weary task of fine-tuning them to the judicial branch

As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can use the Clean Air Act, which never contemplated the regulation of a ubiquitous gas essential to all life on earth, to regulate a ubiquitous gas essential to all life on earth without having to go through the laborious chore of seeking the consent of the governed.  This allows President Obama to honor our country’s true founding principle that government can only draw its legitimacy from the consent of the governors. 

Now, before you get all riled up about how that isn’t why our forefathers fought against the tyranny of the British in the small towns of Lexington and Concord, New Hampshire, it’s not as if we’re turning over such weighty issues only to bureaucrats and judges.

We’re turning them over to experts!

Such as Dr. Hien Tran, whose seminal work demonstrating that diesel trucks kill thousands of Californians a year has resulted in laws designed to destroy California’s trucking industry, which will definitely cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.  In drawing his conclusions, Dr. Tran drew upon the vast knowledge of diesel particulates and epidemiology he had amassed during those tireless minutes he spent writing a check to Thornhill University, a diploma mill that conferred upon him a PhD in evidence of his exemplary work in ensuring the check cleared.

It is only through the efforts of Dr. Tran and others like him, that we can ensure that the consensus on climate change stays in the political arena where it belongs and doesn’t become a “scientific football” subjected to whatever legitimate study or sound body of evidence just happens to have credibility at the time.


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