Lewis resignation is another blow to climate science credibility
“…the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists… It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist.”
The fact that I am not a physicist should be enough to determine that the words above are not mine. Although they clearly express my view that Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) alarmism is an industry that has built layer upon layer of falsehoods on a kernel of truth.
That kernel of truth is the fact that the climate is indeed changing, just like it has since the dawn of time. The geological (and other) evidence demonstrates conclusively that the current rate of climate change is entirely within historical norms.
Despite the trifling matter that the so-called evidence supporting catastrophic AGW has been repeatedly discredited, the warming alarmists continue their theological claim to moral and scientific superiority in the hope it will silence their critics.
In spite of the public pressure to comply with alarmist climate claims, an increasing number of reputable scientists are no longer able to remain silent in the face of such a corruption of science.
Among the most recent of them is Hal Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of California. He is the author of the opening paragraph which formed part of his resignation letter to the American Physical Society after 67 years of membership.
Given the credentials and status that Professor Lewis holds within the scientific community, his resignation is not an insignificant incident. It comes on top of tens of thousands of scientists, organisations and institutions that have also expressed their concerns about the status and reputation of climate change science.
Quite simply, the concept that there is a consensus on the science is one of many fabrications undertaken by the alarmists that has now been debunked. Having previously been exposed as misrepresenting evidence, withholding information and operating as a closed shop refusing non-believers admission, their credibility lies in tatters.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), once the ultimate appeal to authority for climate change alarmists to justify their absurdities, has now been exposed as a hollow shell driving a political agenda with little scientific rigour.
The fact that the IPCC is now considering whether to sack controversial president Rajendra Pachauri over alleged misuse of funds and abuse of the scientific process poses a special dilemma.
To remove him from his post for the failings of the IPCC undermines the very credibility of the arguments put forward by their multiple reports under his reign. To leave him there discredits the operations of the organisation entirely. A delightful hobsons choice for the rent-seeking climate alarmist camp.
Which brings me back to the point that thousands of people are making billions of dollars out of a pseudoscientific racket that has conned millions of people around the world. We cannot allow it to continue any longer.
Rather than debate the policy solution governments should be implementing to reduce the non-problem of anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide, we should be having an independent inquiry (or a Royal Commission) into the scientific facts attached to climate change alarm.
That way, you won’t have to take my word for it (or rely on the nonsense that Julia Gillard or Bob Brown will have you believe). We can test the competing theories and determine which side presents a more conclusive case based on evidence – not green ideology.
Such a process will be expensive and time consuming, but if the supposed future of the planet doesn’t warrant an independent assessment, I don’t know what will.
Only when politicians are prepared to examine the science of climate change on its merits, rather than through their own political interests can we hope to reach a conclusion in the best interest of our nation.
Cory Bernardi is a South Australian Liberal senator. His columns and essays are available at his website.