What has become increasingly clear to me recently is that the biggest obstacle in the global warming debate is the perception that exists around skeptics. It has been an effective, yet undemocratic campaign on the part of the warmists to demonise their opponents. The result is a misconception that those who dare to oppose the word of Al Gore are evil, corrupted by big oil, antiscientific, just plain deniers and stupid ignoramuses. Just today, Jill Singer wrote in the Herald Sun of the antiscience that skeptics are responsible for. FASTS has launched a campaign attacking this same supposed trait, before its CEO cowardly refused to discuss this with Andrew Bolt. We are even dehumanised in some cases.
The primary lie in which this myth is constructed is the “consensus” fib. “Not one fact is disputed by anyone,” proclaims Al Gore in An Inconvenient Truth. He attempts to destroy the foundation of democracy and science by suggesting the ”debate is over”. Not one scientist disagrees, these sorts of lies. A fair whack of the general public genuinely believe this, that it is an undisputed fact, all scientists are in agreement. This is far from the case. The Petition Project has 31487 scientists in the United Sates alone dissenting against the dogma of Al Gore. They are all over the world as well. In Australia we have Ian Plimer, Bob Carter, David Evans and Bill Kininmonth among many. Are these distinguished scientists also part of this antiscience mantra? Are we layman who identify as skeptics stupid for listening to these instead of Tim “no rain” Flannery, Phil “hide the decline” Jones, James “20 feet of sea level rise” Hansen and Michael “hockeystick” Mann? I am not antiscientific, I respect science.
Last Monday on Q & A, some public radio host posing as a skeptic likened the greenhouse theory to the theory of gravity (no informed skeptic contests the greenhouse theory, much less gravity). This came as amusement to condescending warmist Mike Carlton. Just another lame stunt, part of the demonisation campaign against skeptics, this aspect an attempt to label contrarians as dumb. Warmists love to propagate this myth and perhaps it makes them feel more comfortable, more sure they are right and hence less concerned with the one that matters. Bloody evidence.