Letter: Consensus isn’t science
I thoroughly enjoyed your reporting of the rally against environmental extremism. Your numerous use of “attempting,” “suggesting” and “claimed” gave the distinct impression that you might consider the arguments made by Mr. Morano and DeWeese spurious, without foundation.
As Mr. Morano pointed out, or as you described it, claimed, global temperatures have remained essentially flat for the past 17 ½ years. Perhaps it should be pointed out that some of the world’s most influential scientists at the East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit in England were found peddling fraudulent science in the Climategate scandal, and that the United National Environment Program predicted in 2005 that there would be 50 million climate refugees by 2010. He later tried to scrub the prediction from the website, yet this still isn’t the point.
So often we hear of consensus as in such statements as, 97 percent of climate scientists agree that climate change is induced by human activity. The key word is consensus. May I point out that consensus isn’t science, but instead an agreement in opinion. Contrary to claims of climate change consensus, there is only 1-3 percent explicitly stated agreement with the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) and virtually no agreement with the catastrophic view.
During the presentation, I recall Mr. Morano mentioned the population explosions predicted by Thomas Malthus in 1789 that would cause widespread famine. Again, Paul Ehrlich predicted in his 1968 book, “The Population Bomb,” that hundreds of millions would die of starvation in the 1970s. While all of these dire predictions were based not on science, but simply on opinion and consensus and failed to materialize, I must point out the accuracy of Mr. Morano’s claim—global temperatures have remained essentially flat for the past 17.5 years.
Again, consensus when applied to science is irrelevant. It is not the population bomb or climate change that should attract our attention, but instead excessive government regulation, economic stagnation caused by government and, most importantly, excessive government spending, debt and exorbitant currency creation, topics where claimed, suggesting, exaggeration and fabrication speak directly to the culpability of the presiding authority.
Again, thank you for an interesting report of this event.
Port Haywood, Va.