Letters to the Editor
Re: Harper letter published (pp 42) in your June issue: http://climate.nasa.gov/scientific-consensus/ “Multiple studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals show that 97 percent or more of actively publishing climate scientists agree: Climate-warming trends over the past century are very likely due to human activities. In addition, most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide have issued public statements endorsing this position. The following is a partial list of these organizations, along with links to their published statements and a selection of related resources.”
The “left wing group” making these claims is NASA. Now, if the Koch brothers hire a scientist, he will deny global warming. When the Koch brothers buy a politician, he will deny global warming.
East Anglia University: “UQ Global Change Institute Climate Communication Fellow and MOOC coordinator John Cook said the course tackled climate myths and exposed techniques used to mislead the public.“ 97 per cent of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming, however, less than half of Australians are aware of humanity’s role in climate change, while half of the US Senate has voted that humans weren’t causing global warming,” he said.” If half of the Australians aren’t aware of climate change, does that prove it doesn’t exist? How does a US Senate vote prove whether or not a science is true?
“The key to understanding the controversy is the science of science denial,” Mr Cook said. “Our course looks at what’s driving climate science denial and the most common myths about climate change. We’ll also examine what the science says about how to respond to science denial, equipping participants with the tools they need to see through the fog of denialism.”
The blogger Mr. Harper quotes is Christopher Booker, an English journalist and author. He has taken a stance which runs counter to the scientific consensus on a number of issues, including global warming, the link between passive smoking and cancer, and the dangers posed by asbestos. In 2009, he published The Real Global Warming Disaster.
Denying the truth does not make it false.