One of the more overused rhetorical tropes of recent times has been the notion that when it comes to Anthropogenic Global Warming/Weirding/Climate Change, “the science is settled.” As I’ve noted before, if it’s really settled, it’s not really science, because real science is always open to the experimental falsification of a theory, and as others have noted, what we’re dealing with in many cases aren’t real data, but computer models. (Full disclosure: I believe there is some human impact on climate, but that it’s miniscule compared to things like that enormous nuclear furnace only 1 A.U. away. In any case, I don’t think it warrants the gutting of technological civilization that a number of activists seem to have in mind. And of course, as soon as we move from observation to acting on that observation, we have departed from science and entered the realms of the social and political.)
The Washington Examiner observes that there are other folks who are concerned that the climate change activists are engaged in a rush to judgment for whatever reason. What’s interesting in this case is that the concerned parties are Apollo astronauts and former NASA officials, and they are specifically warning that the space agency risks squandering its ethos by putting all its eggs in the climate change basket.
Oh well, scientific illiterates all, right?
H/T: Jonah at the Corner