Garth Paltridge, one of the world’s most respected atmospheric scientists, writes in the Australian literary journal Quadrant that (my words, not his) the bill for climate change hysteria and the prostitution of science in the name of a leftist political fantasy could be about to come due.
And when it does, the damage to the reputation of science could be huge.
In what will be for some climate scientists the equivalent of a theologian being questioned on the existence of God, Paltridge asks of them, “Virtually all scientists directly involved in climate prediction are aware of the enormous uncertainties associated with their product. How is it that they can place hands over hearts and swear that human emissions of carbon dioxide are wrecking the planet?” And he warns that a backlash against science is building because, “…the average man in the street, a sensible chap who by now can smell the signs of an oversold environmental campaign from miles away, is beginning to suspect that it is politics rather than science which is driving the issue.
Paltridge is not small potatoes. He was a Chief Research Scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), described as “Australia’s equivalent of the National Science Foundation, America's massive Federal Laboratory network and all the governmental agency science branches rolled into one.”
Writing in Forbes, former Virginia State Climatologist Patrick Michaels cites the Paltridge article in asking, “Will the overselling of global warming lead to a new scientific dark age?”
Michaels adds, “Paltridge lays out the well-known uncertainties in climate forecasting. These include our inability to properly simulate clouds that are anything like what we see in the real world, the embarrassing lack of average surface warming now in its 17th year, and the fumbling (and contradictory) attempts to explain it away. Every year that elapses without a significant warming trend more and more erodes the credibility of not just climate science, but science in general.”
Paltridge warns that, “…we have at least to consider the possibility that the scientific establishment behind the global warming issue has been drawn into the trap of seriously overstating the climate problem…in its effort to promote the cause. It is a particularly nasty trap in the context of science, because it risks destroying, perhaps for centuries to come, the unique and hard-won reputation for honesty which is the basis of society’s respect for scientific endeavour.”