Saturday, March 29, 2014
How Does Climate Science Differ From Climate Politics?
The contrast between climate science and climate politics is dramatically illustrated in this article. In 2013 there were 10,855 articles in peer reviewed climate science journals. Only 2 of these articles rejected the idea that human behavior was responsible for global warming. The percentage of politicians in the House and Senate who do not believe that human behavior is responsible for global warming is 30%. As one might expect, most of the politicians who reject the anthropogenic hypothesis are Republican. The majority of Republicans in the House and Senate claim to know more about climate science than almost all of the climate scientists. I would bet that most of these politicians go to a medical doctor when they are ill, even though there might be some disagreement between doctors about a diagnosis, or a course of treatment. They are not stupid when it comes to their health. They pretend to be stupid, however, if it helps them to raise campaign funds, or get votes from the 30% who depend upon Fox News and talk radio for their information.