Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Take My er, Their Word For It

Gus Van Horn has an excellent post on the so called "consensus" on global warming. He responds to a NYT article by Gregg Easterbrook who champions the idea global warming is "case closed." Gus nails it when he says:

**So the liberal media, already known as a giant echo chamber, has now adopted, to bolster its appeals to authority, the argument, "If it weren't true, it wouldn't be so loud."** I recommend reading the whole thing.

In the same vein, the May 23rd edition of the Detroit News carries an article by Associated Press writer Terence Hunt titled "Bush snubs Gore on global warming." He quotes Gore as saying:

**"The entire global scientific community has a consensus on the question that human beings are responsible for global warming and he has today again expressed personal doubt that that is true," Gore said in an interview from France where he attended the Cannes Film Festival.**

Mr. Hunt ends the aticle with this Gore quote:

**"Why should we set aside the global scientific consensus," Gore said. "is it because Exxon Mobile wants us to set it aside?"**

The smear of Exxon Mobil is just more evidence of Gore's anti-capitalism ideology.
Aside from that, there is no global scientific "consensus." Even if there were, it would mean nothing. Albert Einstein was once told that over 100 scientists disagreed with his theory of relativity. His response, if I remember correctly, was "If I had been wrong, one would have been enough." Einstein knew that the validity of a theory is not determined by the number of people who support it (or for that matter, oppose it). He knew that a theory must stand or fall on its own merits and that head counts mean nothing. A supposedly educated Al Gore lacks this knowledge.

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