To have science on one’s side provides a sense of credibility and helps to sell your idea. The scientific tick of approval is infinitely more effective than some cheap celebrity endorsement (like Carbon Cate). Warmists have been scoring off this perception for years, that the science has backed them and those who disagree are just illegitimate deniers. It has been achieved through a campaign of vilification against skeptics and running from debate.
Science is rarely clear-cut, however. For each theory, there are proponents and opponents and the only way to determine who is right is for them to debate the evidence. It is not for politicians to decide for them, nor for anyone to assess the strength of the argument by sheer weight of numbers or how loud they are.
What is apparent is that the government and their partners in crime, the greens, do not grasp this concept that science is based on evidence argued by the advocates of a hypothesis and the skeptics. They also do not seem to grasp the fact that they cannot simply dismiss the skeptics. Their arguments are valid and should be heard by the public, in the form of scientific debate.
Christine Milne is perhaps the most to blame of our politicians for this denial of scientific debate.
“The main problem is that the same people who run campaigns for Big Oil and Big Tobacco have been involved in a campaign of climate denial, really post-the U.N. Copenhagen conference — we had the climate denial before then, but it’s really taken on a life of its own since then. And so we’ve had massive investment by the big fossil fuel lobby in Australia in generating doubt and undermining the science.”
To disregard any dissent, whether in the public, or by scientists, as a campaign by big oil is the true act of denial. What has tobacco got to do with it anyway? Perhaps the reason skepticism has risen since Copenhagen is that people are starting to discover the facts for themselves that they were not hearing in the mainstream media. Has Milne even heard of climategate?
She has done this before too. When the non-death threats against ANU scientists came out, she attempted to portray the debate as between the integrity of science and violent, deniers.
“…an orchestrated, extremist anti-science campaign attempting to threaten and intimidate people into silence.’’
Yet, greens supporters break into a CSIRO farm and destroy genetically modified wheat.
She also says of Lord Monckton’s tour:
“He will collect the last of the climate science denialism left in this country and take it with him when he flies home.”
Wishful thinking on her part.
In suggesting that there is only one noble green truth, that global warming is a threat, Milne has denied the scientific debate and the skeptical scientists. She is the true anti-science advocate.