Carol Platt Liebau: Whose "Consensus"?

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Whose "Consensus"?

The father of scientific climatology thinks global warming is a bunch of "hooey".

As for the assertion that it's "scientific consensus," well, who says? Only the press, which keeps repeating the word "consensus" in the hopes that it will convince Americans that anthropogenic global warming is a reality, rather than simply a theory (and one with plenty of holes, at that).

8 Comments:

Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Carol,

On the contrary, there is scientific consensus on global warming. All of the scientific literature, all of the peer reviewed papers, all of the studies reach very much the same conclusion: that we're turning up the temperature by burning coal and oil.

Dr. Bryson is welcome to do his own research - as yet he hasn't - and if his work shows that global warming is not antropogenic, then the scientific community will need to reconsider, study more, change it's conclusions, or all three. Until then, we need to face this dismal conclusion and do something about it now.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

"The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WWII is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialisation, mechanisation, urbanisation and exploding population."
- Reid Bryson, "Global Ecology; Readings towards a rational strategy for Man", 1971

3:21 PM  
Blogger gemma said...

I guess they think it worked for Darwin so what the hey??

3:22 PM  
Blogger Carol Platt Liebau said...

Again, those who believe that global warming is anthropogenic are entitled to their opinion -- but it is only an opinion, and it is hardly monolithic. The problem -- as those who read the linked article carefully will detect -- is that the alarmists receive the lion's share of press coverage. What's more, those who scoff at those who are funded by "big oil" never seem to notice that most of the big money and fame goes to the alarmists, who are funded by both governments and advocacy groups.

Again, there is no "consensus" about global warming, except in the press.

3:51 PM  
Blogger Earth to Carol said...

Carol,

Do you have any peer reviewed and published scientific studies to prove your claim? If not, how about sticking to lawyering. It does appear you are not familiar with the scientific method.

Let's keep in mind that Dr. Bryson retired 21 years ago.

6:35 PM  
Blogger Bachbone said...

History shows us there have been numerous instances of "concensus" about matters that were eventually proven utterly wrong. Phrenology and eugenics were two such instances.

ETC, one of the first things my statistics profs taught me was, "Correlation does not prove causation." There's a strong correlation between having cavities and seeing a dentist, too, but that doesn't mean the dentist caused the cavities.

7:07 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Science is based upon findings, not consensus. Many,"scientists" in the middle ages made up a, "consensus" that the earth was flat. The few who disputed this were severely chastized, and imprisoned for their beliefs.

7:42 PM  
Blogger The Very Sane Woman Who Points Out the Obvious said...

Carol,

I challenge you to find one published paper in a scientifically peer reviewed journal that counters the anthropogenic cause of global warming.

This is not opinion. This is science. There is a big big difference.

8:08 PM  

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