May 09, 2014

Krauthammer: Scientific consensus = "rain dance"

Krauthammer: Climate Change Is 'Superstition' Like 'The Rain Dance Of Native Americans'

By Catherine ThompsonCharles Krauthammer believes climate change is a mere superstition, just like the "rain dance of Native Americans."

Appearing Tuesday on Fox News' "Special Report," the conservative pundit rejected the consensus of between 97 and 98 percent of scientists who believe climate change is real and is fueled by human activity.

"It's always a result of what is ultimately what we're talking about here, human sin with pollution of carbon," Krauthammer said. "It's the oldest superstition around. It was in the Old Testament, it's in the rain dance of Native Americans--if you sin, the skies will not cooperate."
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As for the consensus of 97 percent of scientists who say man-made global warming is a real phenomenon, Will contends that “they pluck these things from the ether” (as Chait points out, the number actually comes from this report), while Krauthammer just dismisses the idea of a scientific consensus. “Ninety-nine percent of physicists convinced that space and time were fixed until Einstein working in a patent office wrote a paper in which he showed that they are not,” he says. “I’m not impressed by numbers. I’m not impressed by consensus.”

Thus begins the point at which Krauthammer completely gives up on science, Chait writes:It is hard to dispute this except to note that Krauthammer here has taken a radically skeptical position not merely on climate science, but on all science. His argument implies that no scientific argument merits respect. Given the provisional and socially constructed peer pressure driving the consensus theory of aerodynamics, it is amazing that he is willing to travel in an airplane.
Comment:  For more on climate change, see LaDuke Endorses Obama and First Stewards Symposium at NMAI.

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