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Consensus On Climate

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a primer on climate change based on peer reviewed science. Teachers: feel free to use in class.

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  • Since when has 'good' science been determined by consensus? There has been consensus among scientists through the years about all kind of crazy things, not the least of which was the theory that the earth is flat. That said, I have no problem with this theory except that it is being sold to lawmakers as the absolute truth that demands action immediately. I think cooler heads need to prevale before everyone is forced to basically stop exhaling. I would like to think the preceeding statement is sarcastic, but almost everything that most of us do everyday involves the production of some CO2, which could theoretically be regulated or taxed.
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  • I didn't know that the IPCC was established by two organizations of the United Nations! I think that should be mentioned somewhere in this presentation, considering that we are supposed to be attempting to remove any potential political bias. What is the UN doing meddling in scientific theories? This couldn't have anything to do with funding, could it? I'd be interested to see the statistics that show how many of these specialized global warming scientists are being funded by the UN, or the US government for that matter.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intergovernmental_Panel_on_Climate_Change
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  • Slide 27 shows some of the past theories of the scientific community that have since been proven to be wrong. These were all probably highly respected theories at the time from highly respected scientists. Why is it that the scientific theories of the past are less reliable than the scientific theories of the present or the scientific theories of the future? Science and politics are inseparable if all of society gets jerked around every time scientists discover something new about CO2. There was a time when the practice of letting a leech suck the blood out of your arm was widely (probably could have passed a peer review) used by doctors as a treatment for just about any disease. Scientists are humans and make mistakes like the rest of us...
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  • Slide 81? Is the scientific community absolutely apolitical and worthy of our unquestioned trust? I think some analysis of the global warming theory belongs on political opinion sites if scientists are going to take this theory into the political realm, as they did in 1988 (Slide 37) and 2007 (Slide 40).
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