Free of Doubt
It is the certainty of climate science that justified their existence. It explained their feelings of superiority over those in the free enterprise sector who fund their lifestyles. They thrilled in the pure absoluteness of AGW theory, a belief that all life on Earth was imperiled by America and the wealth and greed of capitalism which is causing global warming. AGW affirmed the correctness of their choice of a life spent in Western academia. They were now masters of nature. Their vision represented justice: it is they who were engaged in serving humanity, saving humanity. They were accomplishing more than all the theologians and philosophers throughout human history and proving secular, socialism was the true path. The new order they would bring to the world with taxes to the ever-green bureaucracy, would be be paid by those Americans who caused the problem: all of them who worked in the evil capitalist economy.
Climate science has been thrown into disarray by the hiatus, disagreement between climate model and instrumental estimates of climate sensitivity, uncertainties in carbon uptake by plants, and diverging interpretations of ocean heating… ‘Certainty’ arguably peaked… [and] perception of uncertainty is arguably greater than [at] any time… Yes of course we know more about the climate system than we did in 1991, but more knowledge about the complex climate systems opens up new areas of ignorance and greater uncertainty. ~Judith Curry
Science and all personal overcoming of superstition and ignorance is based on the liberty to question reality and in continually testing our conclusions about what we think we know against what we see and learn and accept as to what we cannot know. Certainty of the future is the ultimate slavery to existence. The dead are free of doubt and the global warming alarmists had none. “At the same time,” says, Garth Paltridge (Quadrant Online, ‘Climate Change’s Inherent Uncertainties’), “the average man in the street, a sensible chap who by now can smell the signs of an oversold environmental campaign from miles away, is beginning to suspect that it is politics rather than science which is driving the issue.”
Nature is not the slave of the Left. Answers don’t come so easily: nature still has her secrets; but, they won’t be found by those who are blinded by their own certainty. Answers to tough questions will not be handed over to scientists who have traded in their curiosity to become politicians and lawyers for the Left.
They know their desired outcome at the outset, so they gather arguments to support it. While it would be unethical for scientists reporting on their work to omit findings that don’t fit their hypotheses, lawyers are under no compunction to introduce evidence that hurts their cases… Perhaps the knottiest problem, though, has been deciding what scientific evidence or testimony should be considered in the first place. ~Cornelia Dean (When questions of science come to a courtroom)
Academia has done all it can to make it easy on itself at our expense. We’re the problem! We must stop generating CO2 to satisfy our wants and needs because that is what pleases them. Rather than assist those who pay their salaries Academia would rather assist the Leftist politicians who are eager to tell us what we must do next. Oh, how they have it all figured out: get rid of our technology. We all must start over but most of all, whatever we do, we must have their approval because, they’re in charge of the climate.
Somewhere along the line it came to be believed by many of the public, and indeed by many of the scientists themselves, that climate researchers were the equivalent of knights on white steeds fighting a great battle against the forces of evil—evil, that is, in the shape of “big oil” and its supposedly unlimited money. The delusion was more than a little attractive. ~Garth Paltridge (Ibid.)
What global warming has taught us is that no one in academia is very important. In the aggregate, however, wielding a consensus of opinion that is useful to the maintenance of the Left – against all of the rest of us who put food in their mouths – they are a force against individual liberty that we must now reckon with.
Global warming has been a war by the Left on the free enterprise system that brought us modernity. The Left is dragging us down like a stone; and, they’re taking with them our liberty to work for our own best interest. There is a lot we do not understand and much we will never understand. Even so, Mother Nature is telling us that giving up our liberty to government-funded school teachers and looking to government to make decisions over our lives has never been a good idea.
In the light of all this, we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously overstating the climate problem—or, what is much the same thing, of seriously understating the uncertainties associated with the climate problem—in its effort to promote the cause. It is a particularly nasty trap in the context of science, because it risks destroying, perhaps for centuries to come, the unique and hard-won reputation for honesty which is the basis of society’s respect for scientific endeavor. ~Garth Paltridge (Ibid.)
“Postmodern science envisages a sort of political nirvana in which scientific theory and results can be consciously and legitimately manipulated to suit either the dictates of political correctness or the politics of the government of the day. ~Garth Paltridge