It looks like that if we as a society are going to be able to tackle the challenge of climate change, we need to find a cure for skepticism, according to one sociologist.
Scepticism regarding the need for immediate and massive action against carbon emissions is a sickness of societies and individuals which needs to be “treated”, according to an Oregon-based professor of “sociology and environmental studies”. Professor Kari Norgaard compares the struggle against climate scepticism to that against racism and slavery in the US South.
Wayne Swan has identified someone afflicted by this curse.
“He is very clearly on the record as rejecting the science of climate change,” Mr Swan told ABC radio.
“The government takes its advice from reputable bodies such as the CSIRO and others internationally.
“We accept the science of climate change and we accept, unlike Mr Murray, that dangerous climate change will have a dramatic impact not just on our environment but also on our economy.”
He says “the science” as though it were an entity that speaks with one unquestionable voice. In doing so, he ignores the true nature of science as an ever-changing pursuit of truth achieved by encouraging debate and dissent.
Meanwhile, warmists show what they think of science.
A GLOBAL lobby group has distributed a “spin sheet” encouraging its 300 member organisations to emphasise the link between climate change and extreme weather events, despite uncertainties acknowledged by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
An “action pack” distributed by Global Campaign for Climate Action said members “shouldn’t be afraid to make the connection”, despite the sometimes low level of confidence in the official documents of the IPCC. The action pack, which was produced to coincide with the release of the latest full IPCC report into the link between climate change and extreme weather events, rekindled claims that overstating the case damaged the credibility of the science.
“What this leaked document shows is again we have groups out there promoting more extreme situations than the report actually warrants because the latest report shows there are degrees of uncertainty,” said Institute of Public Affairs climate spokesman Tim Wilson.