No More Pretense of Consensus on Global Warming
As of now, 2009, the members of that new religion called Anthropogenic Global Warming, have had snatched from their hand that potent weapon which they long to use to browbeat their opposition into silence: and that weapon is the assertion that the science is settled, that the debate is over, that the matter is established by all reputable scientists, and that to dispute the conclusions is to be a "Global Warming Denier", which is something akin to being a flat-earther and a Holocaust denier.
Sorry, no. The claim of unquestioned truth has been dashed from the inconvenient truth, leaving only the inconvenience.
For those of you who have even an amateur's interest in science, this will come as no surprise, for even an amateur can tell the difference between real scientific technique and scaremongering. Scaremongering concentrates on absurd, alarmist claims, and reacts to criticism with personal attacks rather than facts.
Those of you with long memories will recall the scare about 'Nuclear Winter' forwarded, among others, by Carl Sagan of Jet Propulsion Laboratories: what you may not know is that the Nuclear Winter idea was invented out of thin air by a member of the Soviet espionage establishment for the express purpose of influencing American foreign policy, and keeping nuclear missiles out of Turkey. And Carl played along with it. The earmarks of scaremongering were present there as well: claims were long on drama and short on facts.
So it goes again. This is from Jim Inholfe, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public works.