The Power Of Dissent
Via Brittney I read that today's quote is
"The global warming debate is odd in that it appears to be between climate scientists and rightwing pundits." --Clark Stooksbury
I agree that it is odd. I also agree that it is sad. The current Global Warming/Climate Change 'debate' reminds me a lot of the state of the War On Terror Debate circa 2001.
I believed then, and still believe now, that there were good reasons for going into that war. But I also recall that the "debate" was mostly between the dissenters and everyone else. Representatives on both sides of the aisle were caught up in war fever. Like the genteel ladies of Atlanta, hardly a one could wait to strip themselves of their family jewels for the sake of a Noble Cause.
There were a few dissenters here and there saying "quagmire" and "bad idea" and speaking truth to power. The Dissenters would tell you that yes, we had been attacked but was fighting back a good idea? Some dissenters, although I don't agree with them on every point, are still people I respect. None of them are generals or soldiers. But they dissented.
In the case of Global Warming/Climate Change, the right-wing punditry have been forced to assume the mantle of dissentership in the same way. Current science has fallen under the same war fervor as the Congress of 2001. GW/CC is the hip and now attitude. If you as a scientist want the funding, you go along with the current even though it may run counter to your natural instincts. Showing up at a climatologist conference and saying "maybe Man is NOT destroying the planet" is like speed-dating with spinach in your teeth. You will not go home with the girl and you will get laughed at behind your back.
So, like crazy Berkley love-in folk, we on the right are feeling the burden of dissent. We feel your mockery and your patronisation. We fully expect it, too. But we also see the power of dissent and the necessity of speaking truth to power. Although in this case "power" is not the Federal Government, but the claque of go-along-to-get-along climatologists who abjure the scientific method in favour of being well-liked by their peers.
Before one more person patronisingly tells me to 'dust off my Bible', I think this is also where I need to say that I do care deeply about the environment. There is a reason that we have one car and have spent the last 18 years doing everything possible to reduce our carbon footprint. I'm in no way saying that we should take our planet for granted.
But I refuse to be frightened into any course of action. And I also begrudge the hijacking of science by anyone with an agenda--whether that agenda is Creationism or Environmentalism. I see both as betrayals of the true nature of science.
So, yeah. I'm a "right wing pundit". But until the Climatologists start acting like scientists again, I'm going to claim the power of dissent. Feel free to point and laugh.
Via Blake, I found this article. Good stuff from dissenting climatologists. I especially like the part where the man with the Ph.D. in Climatology says
Now, any scientist who dares to question the prevailing wisdom is marginalized and called a sceptic, when in fact they are simply being good scientists. This has reached frightening levels with these scientists now being called climate change denier with all the holocaust connotations of that word. The normal scientific method is effectively being thwarted.