Warmists delight in telling us that the science is settled, and that those that oppose the consensus have been thoroughly refuted or/and are funded by the oil industry. The ABC is at it again, with an article by alarmist Stephen Lewandowsky:
Although most so-called climate “sceptics” prudently avoid peer review – preferring the internet as an outlet for their pseudo-science – very occasionally a “sceptic” paper does appear in a peer-reviewed journal.
It will come as little surprise to anyone familiar with the science of climate change that those “sceptic” papers inevitably fail to withstand subsequent scrutiny. One by one, those papers are met with peer-reviewed rebuttals and then disappear into scientific obscurity, retaining dubious fame only on scurrilous denialist websites that specialise in ignoring actual science.
Exactly right. Just like how Mann et al. (AKA hockey stick) was refuted by McIntyre and McKitrick. Oh that’s right, Mann is a warmist.
ACM hits back at the Lewandowsky piece.
The kind of hyperbole that Lewandowsky engages in his articles does nothing for the most important cause of all, the search for truth in science. His view is that scientific debate should apparently be censored and restricted to the papers that he personally considers appropriate, in other words that anyone who dares challenge the consensus is a [cue cliché] filthy denier funded by big oil. I am sure everyone else is as thoroughly sick of such stereotyping as I am.
It doesn’t help the debate when supposedly credible scientists go on a rampage such as this, denying skeptical arguments and slandering anyone who dares to contradict them. Will Steffan is also an offender in this regard. There are also those who purport to be climate scientists, like Bill Nye and Robyn Williams. It is these who feed the global warming propaganda, who are responsible for the current hysteria, and the impending carbon tax.
While these alarmists may say to be skeptical is an illegitimate and unscientific position, I say no informed individual can reasonably claim the science is settled.