American Elephants

Disaster! Catastrophe! And it’s Happening Here and Now! by The Elephant's Child

Moviemakers are always dreaming up new catastrophes.  We have had giant asteroids headed for earth; the end of days; raging seas sweeping across Manhattan; Manhattan again, empty, the population felled by a mysterious virus; Manhattan populated only with zombies; aliens from outer space in giant ships arriving over Los Angeles; alien ships from outer space arriving all over the world all at once; pod people;  and an earth inexorably warming, the seas rising, hurricanes increasing, polar bears drowning — oh wait…

The big sticking point that keeps people from understanding what a fraud Al Gore’s movie was, is the idea that there is a “scientific consensus.”

But in the real world, there is no such thing.  The scientific method involves observing a phenomenon, and from careful observation developing a hypothesis.  Then testing the hypothesis trying to disprove it.  If the hypothesis stubbornly resists being disproven, it may be true.  So continue testing.

If a “consensus” of scientists fervently believe in a different hypothesis, it doesn’t matter.  There is no “consensus” in science, only what evidence shows to be  true, and that continues to be open to further questioning and proof.  The idea that ulcers were caused by acid stomach, pointed out Professor Ian Plimer, was accepted by everyone until two Australian scientists demonstrated that ulcers were caused by bacteria, and easily treated.

“Weather” is what you experience when you go outside.  “Climate” consists of worldwide averages and is a statistic.  The two should not be confused.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a benign, odorless, colorless gas caused by burning carbon and organic compounds and by respiration. It is not a pollutant.

Carbon is the chemical element of atomic number 6, a nonmetal that has two main forms (diamonds and graphite) and that also occurs in impure form in charcoal, soot and coal. Carbon is a solid.  Carbon Dioxide is a gas.

The objective is to link CO2 with coal, for coal is seen as truly evil. It is mined, disturbing mother earth.  Mining is evil.   Coal is loaded on long trains, called “death trains” by uber greenie NASA scientist and activist James Hansen. Burning coal to create electricity is evil because it creates the “pollutant” CO2. But if CO2 is NOT a pollutant — which it isn’t— then the whole thing falls apart.

Take a few minutes to watch the interview with Professor Ian Plimer, Australia’s most renowned earth scientist, linked above.  Each of the three segments is only about 9 minutes, and very worth your time.

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“Consensus” may be reached on matters of philosophy.

Science requires testable hypotheses. Lacking this, it’s philosophy and belief, not science.


Comment by Dubya Bee

Tells us a lot about how people are thinking about a scientific problem, doesn’t it? A bit embarrassing, hmn.


Comment by The Elephant's Child

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