Leftist politicians and the media try to blacklist scientists who are skeptical about Global Warming [PDF here]
By Jim Lakely and James M. Taylor
Summary: If you thought science involves scientists challenging each other’s ideas and struggling to see who can best explain the facts, you were wrong—according to a cabal of left-wing activists, politicians, and their media friends. They have launched a crusade to intimidate scientists who dissent from conventional alarmism over Global Warming. Apparently, science should now focus on maintaining an orthodox set of beliefs dictated by the political class, and troubling facts like the failure of global temperatures to rise as predicted must be ignored.
Harvard-Smithsonian scientist Dr. Wei-Hock “Willie” Soon is a dangerous man—so dangerous that he is the target of a blacklisting campaign by some of the country’s most powerful politicians and media outlets.
He is dangerous because he takes a scientific, rather than a political and ideological, approach to the issue of catastrophic, man-made Global Warming. He is dangerous because his qualifications, experience, and knowledge in his field give him credibility and make him worthy of respect.
Dr. Soon has long been a thorn in the side of the anti-science “greens,” but the attacks on him intensified after he published a peer-reviewed paper challenging the views of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His research showed that the earth is less susceptible to man-made Global Warming than is claimed by the U.N. panel, and he noted the effect on the world’s climate of natural factors, particularly varying levels of radiation from the sun.
How dare he!
Radical environmentalists such as those in Greenpeace and MoveOn.org, and politicians like U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are among those pursuing Dr. Soon. It’s an assault on academic freedom so broad that even a prominent proponent of Global Warming theory has been slammed for refusing to follow the party line on each and every aspect of Global Warming beliefs.
A McCarthyite assault on science
The politicians’ unprecedented assault on scientists threatens to launch a new Dark Age of government persecuting scientists over the results of their research.
Dr. Soon and three scientific colleagues generated tremendous attention in January 2015, when the Science Bulletin of China published their paper, “Why models run hot.” That study showed that the earth’s climate is less sensitive to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) than the IPCC asserts. In other words, the U.N. panel exaggerates the extent to which a given amount of carbon dioxide raises the earth’s temperature.
The paper or its abstract were downloaded from the Science Bulletin’s website some 22,000 times, more than any other paper ever published by the peer-reviewed journal. [Click HERE for the entire article.]