The Global Warming Gravy Train

It almost seems unfair to lay a kick into the side of the global warming alarmists when they’re down, but this column from David Evans, formerly of the Australian Greenhouse Office, is full of way too much sweet, juicy truth to ignore.

I am a scientist who was on the carbon gravy train, understands the evidence, was once an alarmist, but am now a skeptic.

….The whole idea that carbon dioxide is the main cause of the recent global warming is based on a guess that was proved false by empirical evidence during the 1990s. But the gravy train was too big, with too many jobs, industries, trading profits, political careers, and the possibility of world government and total control riding on the outcome. So rather than admit they were wrong, the governments, and their tame climate scientists, now outrageously maintain the fiction that carbon dioxide is a dangerous pollutant.

…In science, empirical evidence always trumps theory, no matter how much you are in love with the theory. If theory and evidence disagree, real scientists scrap the theory. But official climate science ignored the crucial weather balloon evidence, and other subsequent evidence that backs it up, and instead clung to their carbon dioxide theory – that just happens to keep them in well-paying jobs with lavish research grants, and gives great political power to their government masters.

…We are now at an extraordinary juncture. Official climate science, which is funded and directed entirely by government, promotes a theory that is based on a guess about moist air that is now a known falsehood. Governments gleefully accept their advice, because the only ways to curb emissions are to impose taxes and extend government control over all energy use. And to curb emissions on a world scale might even lead to world government – how exciting for the political class!

If you want to know why the whole idea of manmade global warming hasn’t already been completely discarded as a scientific theory, it’s because there is a staggering amount of money and political pressure being applied to keep it alive.

The theory fits the agenda of a lot of liberals, environmentalists, bureaucrats, and power hungry politicians. So, they savagely attack anyone who opposes it and ensure that massive amounts of money go to scientists who support it.

Most people, scientists included, follow the money. If there’s a lot of money to be made saying global warming is happening right now and saying otherwise will lead to public scorn from your peers, most scientists will just go with the flow.

It takes a lot more courage and integrity to step off the gravy train and tell the truth, even if you’re going to be attacked for it. Most scientists, like most people, don’t have that kind of courage and integrity. We should be glad that David Evans does.

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