Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The New McCarthyism

McCarthyism is the term used to describe demagogic, reckless, and unsubstantiated accusations, as well as public attacks on the character or patriotism of political opponents.  During the McCarthy period "blacklists" ruled the day and careers were ruined.  It's back.  Frank J. Tipler:

The National Academy of Sciences, in its official journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has just published a list of scientists whom it claims should not be believed on the subject of global warming. I am number 38 on the list. The list of 496 is in descending order of scientific credentials.

Professor Freeman Dyson of the Institute for Advanced Study, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the Royal Society, is number 3 on the list. Dyson is a friend of mine and is one of the creators of relativistic quantum field theory; most physicists think he should have shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Richard Feynman. MIT professor Richard Lindzen, a meteorologist who is also a member of the National Academy, is number 4. Princeton physics professor William Happer, once again a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is number 6.

I’m in good company.
The proponents of Global Warming are running scared.  Honest debate on the merits of global warming have failed so now they are shooting and smearing the messenger.  This list was not created for you or I.  The list is for scientists.  Now forgive my lack of knowledge of the scientific process but I've always assumed that science was based on data.  The more, the better.  I assumed that scientists looked at everything.  And then they draw conclusions based on information gleaned from all the evidence.  Naive, I'm sure.

Global warming proponents have turned the process on its head.  First they come to a conclusion and then they cherry pick and manipulate the data to suit their conclusion.  Finally, they blacklist any scientist who dares to question their methodology or results. 


Notice that I am not saying that there has been no warming, just that the available raw data that I’ve personally been able to check do not show it. Until all the raw temperature data are placed online, so the data can be checked by anybody, a rational person has to suspend belief in global warming, to say nothing of AGW.

The official government adjusted data for these sites do show a warming trend. All the warming is in the “corrections.” Sorry, I don’t buy it. Especially from “scientists” who are known to “correct’ their raw data to “hide the decline.”

There have been calls to silence the 496 scientists on the list. Besides “climate deniers,’ we have been called “traitors.” We all know the penalty for treason.
Silence scientists?  Sounds like an admission that their global warming theory won't stand up to a closer look.

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