Surprise: The Science Is Not Really Settled

That’s not according to me: Time magazine’s Jeffrey Kluger says it. Sort of

The Climate Deniers’ Newest Argument

It’s a lot easier to attack environmental scientists when you make up something they didn’t say—and then criticize them for saying it

There are few things more satisfying than when people you’re arguing with say something manifestly wrong or tone-deaf. It’s the polemical equivalent of getting a big, fat fastball right right in your sweet spot. Just swing away with a look of disdain or checkable fact and the home run trot is yours.

Alas, that happens less often than one might like, but there’s nothing that stops you from pretending your adversary said something dumb and then pouncing on the imaginary remark. Thus we had the “You didn’t build that” and “Let Detroit go bankrupt” silliness of the 2012 Presidential campaign, in which both President Obama and Mitt Romney were pilloried for saying things they never actually said—or at least didn’t mean—at all. And so, too, we have the “Climate science is settled” charade, in which climate change deniers hand-select four words environmental scientists often do say, reframe those words to mean something else entirely, and then beat the scientists up for faux-saying it.

Interesting. Because AL Gore did, in fact, say “the science is settled” in front of Congress. Climate scientists, leftist opinion writers, pundits, newspapers and media outlets favorable to the notion of “climate change” constantly say it.

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3 Responses to “Surprise: The Science Is Not Really Settled”

  1. Jeffery says:

    The article was a bit more nuanced than that.

    “Do environmental researchers and green politicians ever say the science is “settled?” Yes they do—but they mean that the fake debate over whether climate change is a vast hoax is finished. They don’t mean there’s no work ahead.”

    That the Earth is warming because of CO2 that we’ve added to the atmosphere is settled, but much of the mechanisms of heat distribution are not understood.

  2. John says:

    Teach when the US Navy and the Pope agree in anything I’d say it was settled
    2012 was a hot year ranging from 2nd hottest to 6th hottest yet the NO GLOBAL WARMING FOR TWENTY YEARS doesn’t seem to show that neither dies it show that 2014 is on track to be the hottest year EVAH !!!
    Teach do you ever bother yo check primary sources ?

  3. david7134 says:

    Sorry, you are wrong. You have not presented one bit of evidence to support your claims.

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