Every time you think that the global warming crowd couldn’t be any more ridiculous or brazen, somebody manages to turn the shameless meter up another notch. This month’s offering from the alarmists is a “scientific” study that basically demonstrates that alarmists are right about climate change because alarmists who believe they are right about climate change publish a lot of papers that demonstrate how right they are about climate change. That isn’t circular logic. Circular logic would be embarrassed to be seen in the same room as this study. This sort of tortured reasoning is so twisted that M.C. Escher and Salvador Dali would have trouble coming to grips with it.
The story appeared in Science Daily on Monday, June 27, entitled: “Scientific Expertise Lacking Among ‘Doubters’ of Climate Change, Says New Analysis.” That story covered a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in which the authors basically concluded that global warming alarmists are experienced, brilliant experts in their field while skeptics are hacks who probably have trouble tying their shoes. OK, I’m exaggerating a bit, but only a little. The “study” was another, predictable attempt to marginalize independent, accomplished scientists like Roy Spencer, Richard Lindzen, Jay Lehr and Roger Pielke who dare to question climate change orthodoxy.
A cynical fellow might wonder if a study that trumpets the brilliance of alarmist scientists and heaps scorn on skeptics is a self-serving attempt by global-warming zealots to buttress their cause. It takes very little research to confirm that hypothesis, because the authors of the study don’t attempt to hide their agenda. Those authors are: William R. L. Anderegg, James W. Prall, Jacob Harold and Dr. Stephen H. Schneider. Who are these gentlemen? Might they have a horse in this race? Let’s check.
- Anderegg is a grad student at Stanford University’s Department of Global Ecology. Based on his writings, it’s obvious that he passionately believes that climate change is clear and present danger to the planet.
- Prall is a computer programmer and “founding contributor” to Climate Response, an organization that describes its purposes thus: “…to elevate the public conversation on climate change and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”
- Harold is a fundraiser for the Hewlett Foundation, a liberal philanthropic organization with assets of $6.7 billion that, among other things, fights “climate change.” Harold has also worked for Greenpeace as a climate change campaigner.
- Schneider, a professor at Stanford, is one of the grandfathers of global warming alarmism. Back in the seventies, he was one of the leading scientists worried about “global cooling,” before flipping sides to decide that the planet is melting, not freezing.